NITOP PIE SCHEDULE (subject to change)
Tues., Jan 4th; 10:15-11:15 a.m.PIE #TItle of PIEShared MaterialsSummaryAuthor 1 Name (First)Author 1 Name (Last)Author 2 Name (First)Author 2 Name (Last)Author 3 Name (First)Author 3 Name (Last)
Tuesday1Teaching Behavioral NeuroscienceI would like to discuss best practices (text, supplemental materials, activities, etc.) for the teaching of the course Behavioral Neuroscience.EmilySplane
Tuesday2Incorporating Inclusive Assessments into Exams in Large Courses excellence assessments incorporate a variety of methods through which students may demonstrate mastery. In large courses, moving beyond multiple choice-style assessments may be difficult. This PIE offers the opportunity to share ideas that have worked in large courses that allow students to demonstrate learning with audio, video and visual assessments to better capture student learning.MandaWilliamson
Tuesday3The Student Cognition Toolbox: Promote Student Learning in Your Courses Through Science of LearningStudents frequently use inefficient and/or ineffective study strategies as they work to learn, retain, and transfer academic knowledge. The PIE leader will work with participants to consider how they can teach students, using the Student Cognition Toolbox, evidence-based strategies on their own, as they learn academic material.VictorBenassi
Tuesday4Anxiety Inhibits Learning: Using Compassion as a Strategy to ameliorate stress in Intro-level Psychology ClassThis PIE discussion proposes to be a place to collaborate, share best practices, discuss strengths and challenges of promoting compassion for psychology professors. PIE participants can expect to discuss why we need to implement compassion as a teaching strategy and how we may position ourselves for successful outcomesSeymaInan
Tuesday5A Sneak Preview of APA's Guidelines 3.0This session will describe the status of the revision of APA's Guidelines for the Undergraduate Major 3.0 and provide an advance look at both the philosophical and structural changes that may eventually win approval from the governing body.JaneHalonen
Tuesday6Pandemic, Pandemonium, and Pandora's Box: Can we close it? Should we close it?The COVID pandemic has created a situation (positive to some, negative to others) wherein teachers have been asked to leave the traditional classroom in favor of distance learning modalities. Now that education has seen the possibility of en masse distance learning, can we return to predominantly face-to-face offerings? And should we?JasonSpiegelmanJenelCavazos
Tuesday7Childhood Memoir in Developmental Psych Courses Brings the Diversity of Development to LifeThis PIE will help instructors effectively integrate childhood memoirs in their developmental psychology courses to enhance students' understanding of diversity in human development and to illuminate psychological theory and empirical research. Recommended reading lists and sample assignments will be shared.ChrisBoyatzisMaureenIttig
Tuesday8Producing Readable WritersOur students will need to write for increasingly diverse readers. Indeed, since 2010 in the U.S., the number of foreign-language speakers increased more than twice as fast as that of English speakers (Center for Immigration Studies, 2018). This session will address how faculty can help students write readably.NestorMatthews
Tuesday9Game Night and Community BuildingThink of the last game night with friends you had. Now let's apply that concept to the classroom. In this teaching practice, we capture the fun "game night" atmosphere and use it as a community building activity.SaraSteele
Tuesday10Sometimes Failure IS an Option: What Null Outcomes in Pedagogical Research Can Teach UsPedagogical research is key in developing classroom and course-based opportunities for deepening students' experiences and learning. Yet, as in any research, non-significant findings happen. The question is how we use those outcomes to enhance our attention to what is needed in the higher education classroom and pedagogical research.JenniferBlessingHeatherScherschel
Tuesday11Teaching Students to Give Psychology Away (1969) declared that psychologists have a duty to give psychology away. How can educators teach students to pay this knowledge forward? The purpose of this PIE is to discuss the ways that we can teach students to give psychology away and maintain this goal as a sustainable mission.JeromeLewisRoxanneSullivan
Tuesday12Memes to Movies: Exploration of Innovative Teaching Modalities in Psychology for "Gen Z" of assignments that focus on the characteristics of "Generation Z". Assignments incorporate non-traditional learning modalities, utilize active learning experiences, technological aspects, and attempt to reflect this generations' reality. Attention is on how to develop context-real connections, that this current generation can implement in meeting challenges left by previous generations.JennieMillerKristinaPham
Tuesday13Promoting Health & Wellness in Faculty/StaffThis discussion will focus on the health and wellness needs of faculty/staff. Discussion will include what participants' institutions are currently doing to address these needs and what further action needs to be taken.BeverlyBarrett
CANCELLED14Using Psychology to Bring Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation to CampusMarymount University recently became an AAC&U Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Center. In this work, we aim to establish narrative change, racial healing/relationship building, and community engagement. In this session, we will describe our progress and challenges, as we hope to learn from the wisdom of fellow NITOP participants.CamilleBuckner
Tuesday15Where's the Carrot for Mentoring Junior Faculty?We know that robust mentoring provides better early teaching experiences for new faculty, and thus better learning experiences for students. However, not all departments explicitly value mentoring. What are ways to shift this paradigm, or at least provide incentives and encouragement to mentor others?EllenCarpenter
Tuesday16Infusing Academic Integrity and Research and Writing Support into the Online ClassroomStudent success in the online classroom hinges upon the ability to write effectively and ethically. This PIE will detail strategies that have been successfully incorporated in our courses and invite others to ask questions and share their own interventions.StephanieStubbsMichelleRosser-Majors
Tuesday17How are we teaching the "new" statistics and open science across the curriculum?We will discuss the extent to which and methods with which teachers help undergraduate students learn about the "new" statistics and open-science movement. We will facilitate discussion that helps organize what is meant by these shifts and helps teachers facilitate student understanding of these changes in psychological science.AndrewChristopherSusanNolan
Tuesday18Who are My Sstudents and What are They Learning? Strategies for a Peek into EACH Mind.Inclusive teaching practices encourage students to engage with their instructor and peers. Beyond cultivating a sense of belonging, interactivity can open a window into students' growth and learning. At this PIE, we discuss low-stakes, low-effort, high-impact engagement strategies suitable for classes of all sizes and formats.PruthaDeshpandeMelissaBeers
Tuesday19Redefining Teaching Evaluation: A Case Study in Peer FeedbackWhat does your institution's teaching evaluation process really tell you about your teaching? In this idea exchange, colleagues will examine the teaching evaluation process and practices at their respective institutions and explore ways to make the teaching evaluation process more inclusive, meaningful, and appropriately designed to improve student learning.EricaCatonMariaReid
Tuesday20Fostering Resilience and Belonging in the Classroom will share pedagogical strategies and instructional activities that can be used in psychology courses to cultivate a sense of belonging, encourage a growth mindset, and foster resilience. We will also discuss two courses that implement these strategies as a key learning objective.SergeOnyperBrittanyHollis
Tuesday21Discussing Students' Multi-Faceted Selves and Other Triggering TopicsDiscussions of the self offers instructors a natural avenue for connecting with and learning more about their students. This topic also has the potential to bring up past traumatic experiences. This PIE will center around how to create safe spaces and best practices for discussing triggering topics.SallyMerrittKelseyEvans-Amalu
Wed., Jan 5th; 10:15-11:15 a.m.PIE #TItle of PIESummaryAuthor 1 Name (First)Author 1 Name (Last)Author 2 Name (First)Author 2 Name (Last)Author 3 Name (First)Author 3 Name (Last)
Wednesday22In Light of the Research, How Do You Handle Trigger Warnings in Your Classroom?Trigger warning are warnings given to students prior to sensitive topics. Research has recently questioned how disturbed students are by such topics and their expectations of these topics in psychology classes and future employment. This exchange provides opportunity to discuss how professors approach this topic with their classrooms.HerbertHelm, Jr.
Wednesday23Challenges and Opportunities of Teaching Psychology to Non-MajorsStudents who are not majoring in psychology may present with different strengths and challenges from psychology majors. These differences can be grouped under the headings of perceived course relevance, intrapersonal skill, and interpersonal skill development. Strategies to build on these three domains will be discussed and resources will be shared.SusanSlamka
Wednesday24Using Movies to Teach Theories of Counseling and PsychotherapyChildren's movies provide simple, often one-dimensional, characters that can provide counseling students entry level practice in case conceptualization. This presentation will present movies paired with specific therapeutic approaches that can be used for engaging and entertaining practice. Ideas for other potential movies that illustrate theoretical orientations will be exchanged.BenJeppsen
Wednesday25Tool? Distraction? Friend? Foe? Laptop Use in the ClassroomResearch regarding laptop use in the classroom has varying results. This PIE will facilitate exchange of classroom policies, rationale, research findings, and experiences related to laptop use in the classroom. Those who embrace it, forbid it, or reluctantly allow them are all welcome to join the conversation.KristiBitz
Wednesday26Making It Easier to Be Kind: Automating Compassion in Our CoursesMany encourage compassionate teaching, especially in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, but actually practicing it can be emotionally-taxing and time-consuming. We will discuss a solution to make compassionate teaching easier on teachers: automating and simplifying that work with technology and specific practices, new and old.LaurenPinoMelissaBeers
Wednesday27Big Class, Small Class: Addressing Issues of DEI Across Varied Academic SpacesParticipants will discuss what Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion mean across varied academic contexts (e.g., small/large classroom; introductory/upper level courses). Next, participants will examine their current DEI strategies and perceived impact on student success. Finally, participants will brainstorm how to measure impact and other modifications to address specific DEI concerns.RobynKondrad
Wednesday28Preparing for More by Covering Less: Alternative Approaches to Teaching Statistics in PsychologyWe will respond to qualitative data from the APA Presidential Task Force on Statistical Literacy (2021) by raising common themes and asking for discussion on novel approaches to teaching statistics in an undergraduate psychology curriculum.
Society for the Teaching of Psychology
Presidential Task Force on Statistical Literacy (2021)
Wednesday29Inclusive Teaching Includes You Too: Teacher Value in a Student-Centered WorldIn our quest to be student-centered, we can end up making choices that overwhelm us with their unsustainability. That is, it's easier to be a "sage on the stage" than it is to meet students where they are. In this session, we'll discuss how to stay student-centered while avoiding burnout.LindsayMasland
Wednesday30What are They Thinking-About the Material and About Themselves?This PIE is an opportunity to share ideas about formative assessments, which not only provide timely information for instructors but also encourage students' self-assessments while fostering a supportive classroom culture of inquiry and reflection.RickShifley
Wednesday31When Life Gives You 2020: Sharing Teaching Pivots That Actually WorkedThe COVID years have challenged instructors in unexpected ways. Most instructors have experienced varying degrees of success in their courses as they responded to the challenges associated with COVID-19. This PIE will focus on sharing the most successful teaching and learning strategies implemented in response to the pandemic.DanaeHudsonChristieCatheyBrookeWhisenhunt
Wednesday32Kindness and Rigor? Alternative Grading Approaches and Resilient Course DesignTeachers responded to the pressures of instruction during the on-going pandemic by adopting alternative approaches to grading (e.g. specifications grading) and changes to course design (e.g. alternative testing formats, greater opportunities for assignment revision). We will discuss such adoptions that may be 'kinder' to students (and faculty) while maintaining academic rigor.KarlBailey
Wednesday33Developing a New Themed Course in Collaboration with Faculty Across Institutions and Disciplines PIE will explore the process of collaborative themed course creation using the example of a Sesame Street themed developmental course designed by faculty members across institutions and disciplines. The sample course layout allows for flexibility depending on the user's needs and could also be adapted for different topics.LisaTimmonsSusanGeffen
Wednesday34Psyched for Psychology! Strategies for Recruitment, Enrollment and Retention of Psychology StudentsWe all have important roles to play in the successful recruitment, enrollment and retention of psychology majors/minors. This conversation provides an opportunity for exchanging recruitment, enrollment and retention event ideas, and discussion of important things to consider along with key players we can collaborate with to help along the way!LauraPickens
Wednesday35Motivational Thermodynamics: Using Social Psychology in Classroom ManagementGroup dynamics research can be applied to manage classrooms using a thermodynamic metaphor. Four "states" of classrooms will be discussed: fixed (low energy /low productivity), fluid (moderate energy/moderate productivity), chaotic (high energy/low productivity) and complex (high energy/high productivity). Discussion focuses on regulating class temperature to achieve desired states.KellyHenry
Wednesday36Teaching the Psychology of Prejudice in a Post-2020 WorldTeaching the psychology of prejudice in this age presents unique challenges, as students arrive with preconceptions of terminology such as "implicit bias" or "microaggressions," which may not relate to the actual science. I will share measures to tap students' theories of prejudice and invite others to discuss challenges and resources.CarolineMann
Wednesday37Incorporating Resilience Training and Mindfulness Practices in the ClassroomHow can mindfulness practices be paired with resilience training in the classroom setting to improve engagement, mental health, and retention/persistence towards graduation?RobertSwoap
Wednesday38On to Bigger and Better Things: Considerations for Faculty as They Approach and are in RetirementWe will discuss issues faculty contemplating retirement might consider in making this decision. In addition, we will discuss how participants' campuses facilitate the transition from full-time faculty member to retired faculty member. There will be opportunities to discuss ideas for staying active in retirement, and what that means to participants.AndrewChristopher
Wednesday39Summer Teaching and Instruction Retreat: A Case Study in Peer SupportIn Summer of 2020, The Summer Teaching & Instructional Retreat (STIR) was created as an informal gathering of University instructors with the purpose of exchanging ideas on the complications of teaching in an increasingly complex world. This idea exchange will discuss its success and explore continued barriers to faculty social support.JuliaParkerMariaReid
Wednesday40Try, Fail, Evolve: Responsive Diversity Programming in Psychology TrainingWhat works? What fails? Diversity is central to psychology and increasingly visible in training programs. This PIE is devoted to discussion of trial learning and modification of experiences inside training. Discussants will learn from each other best practice tips for enhancing conscious integration of diversity into training.NoelJacobs
Wednesday41Implementing an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Program: A Case StudyThis PIE presents the implementation of a UTA program as a case study at our institution, including the advantages of such a program and suggestions to mitigate potential caveats to those advantages. Participants are asked to share strategies for the implementation of UTA programs at their institutions.AmberHenslee
Wednesday42Fostering Students' Class Preparedness us to learn about and discuss ways to foster students' preparedness for class sessions, including several approaches to written assignments, quizzing, discussion boards, and more. Save your class time for higher-level learning activities and cognitive tasks by increasing student preparation.CarolynBrown-Kramer