ERIC Number: ED389376
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
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Using a Computerized Laboratory as a Springboard for Transforming a Traditional Lecture Course.
Hornby, Peter A.
In 1987, a computerized laboratory component was incorporated into a traditional lower division, lecture-oriented, cognitive psychology course at State University of New York College at Plattsburgh. At first, eight computerized experiments were available for students to participate in as subjects, while students were simply assigned the activities to complete individually. Currently, however, one class period per week is dedicated to a laboratory/recitation session, with groups of six students discussing their experiences with the assigned experiments. Part of the next class session is then devoted to discussing the aggregated results of the experiment and critiquing its design. Because of the addition of the laboratory component, the course is now focused on understanding the process of doing cognitive psychology rather than simply learning about the products of previous research. The laboratory sessions provide increased active learning, increased peer interaction, more informal student and instructor roles, and additional methods of student evaluation. A description of 10 computerized laboratory activities used in the course is appended. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: State University of New York Coll at Plattsburgh
Note: In: Teaching of Psychology: Ideas and Innovations. Proceedings of the Annual Conference on Undergraduate Teaching of Psychology (9th, Ellenville, NY, March 22-24, 1995); see JC 960 009.