Taking Constructivism Seriously (Tom Ludwig, Hope)

Thomas Ludwig, Psychology Department, Hope College (ludwig@hope.edu) [April 3, 2017] What Is Constructivism? Constructivism is an approach to teaching and learning that emphasizes the active role of the student, claiming that students learn by constructing internal representations of the concepts and principles in a course (Piaget, 1973; Dewey, 1938; Vygotsky,… Read More

TED-ED and Your Head: Using Technology to Distribute Practice on Low Stakes, Generative Questions in Sensation & Perception (Nestor Matthews, Denison)

Nestor Matthews, Psychology Department and Neuroscience Program, Denison University For the full report contact Nestor Matthews at:  matthewsn@denison.edu “QUESTION: Can TED-Ed technology improve student learning and engagement?” Over the past few years I have adopted the teaching practice of flipping the classroom with video lectures. In 2013, I began requiring… Read More

From Knowledge to Social Action: Addressing College Student Alcohol Use Through Class “Service-Based Action Projects” (Susan Kennedy, Denison)

Susan Kennedy, Department of Psychology, Denison University Question: Can instructors leverage in-class learning to impact an important public health issue? Here’s one approach designed to use knowledge gained in a psychopharmacology class to address drinking among college students. The misuse of alcohol among college students represents a significant public health… Read More

Gender Inequality Across the World: A Digital Tool-kit for Public Awareness and Change (Karen Powell Sears, Denison)

Karen Powell Sears, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Denison University Question: How can students’ demonstrate and share their learning about social problems beyond the classroom setting? In a Sex and Gender class, students create a digital tool-kit that serves as a public awareness resource for both analyzing and solving social… Read More