Unit 01

Unit 1:
Welcome to the Internet
Unit 1: Assignment #1 (due before 11:59 pm Central on TUE JAN 21):

  1. Read closely (and thoroughly) the Course Syllabus.
  2. Copy and paste the contents of the Course Contract into the contents of an email message.
  3. Fill in the blanks of your email message with the information you learned from the Course Syllabus.
  4. Email your completed Course Contract, in the body of an email message, not as an attachment, to Professor Gernsbacher with the subject of your email message, PSY 532: Course Contract
  5. Professor Gernsbacher will reply to your PSY 532: Course Contract email message. In her reply  message, she will tell you how to complete the last part of Unit 1: Assignment #1, which you must complete.

Unit 1: Assignment #2 (due before 11:59 pm Central on WED JAN 22):

  1. From the Course Syllabus, learn how to take advantage of the flexibility accommodation that is built into this course.
  2. From the Course How To:
    1. Learn “How to Control the size of the Display on Your Screen.”
      • Practice adjusting the size of the display on your screen with the Course Website Homepage.
      • You’ll probably want to adjust the size of the display on your screen until the Course Website’s Homepage looks like this image.
    2. Learn “How to Access the Course Website” (and learn that you should NOT try to access the course through Learn@UW or directly through Canvas).
    3. If you plan to access the Course Website or Discussion Boards on a smartphone or tablet, learn “How to Access the Course Discussion Boards on a Smartphone or Tablet.”
    4. Learn “How to Upload a Photo to your Discussion Board Profile” and upload a picture of yourself to your Discussion Board profile.
      • Be sure to learn that you’ll need to crop your profile photo to show as much of your face as possible and ONLY your face (not a lot of background and no pets or friends, because they’re not taking this course; you are!).
    5. Learn “How to Turn On or Off Discussion Board Notifications” and set both your Submission Comments (which are comments from your TAs or instructor) and your Discussion Board notifications to your desired frequency.
  3. From Wiki How’s “How to Make a Unique Screen Name,” learn how to make a unique screen name for yourself. (In this course, we’ll be using actual names, but making a unique screen name is both a relevant Internet skill to learn and a good ice breaker.)
  4. From the Course How To:
    1. Learn “How to Make a New Discussion Board Post.”
      • Learn that if you compose your post elsewhere and copy/paste it into the text box, you might see extra blank lines (meaning more than one blank line) between your paragraphs. You’ll need to delete those extra blank lines before you click “Post.”
      • Learn why it’s important to break each of your Discussion Board posts into multiple paragraphs. Learn that a good rule of thumb is no more than three or four sentences per paragraph.
      • Learn that you should check to make sure that your Discussion Board post appears on the Discussion Board. Learn that it is YOUR responsibility to ensure that ALL of your posts appear on the Discussion Board.
    2. Learn “How to Edit Your Discussion Board Post.”
      • Learn that in this course you cannot directly edit or delete a previous Discussion Board post. Therefore, you must check and double-check your assignment BEFORE you post it.
      • Learn if you re-post an assignment (by making a repeated, corrected post for any assignment), your re-posted assignment will be considered a correction (eligible to earn 2 points, but not eligible to earn 3 points) even if your initial assignment had not yet been graded when you re-posted your assignment.
      • Learn how to check the URLs you embed in your Discussion Board posts before you click “Post Response” (by right-clicking on the links).
      • Learn that if you submit only part of an assignment, that is the part that will be graded, even if you submit that part of the assignment before the deadline.
    3. Learn “How To Embed a URL into a Discussion Board Post.”
    4. Learn “How To Embed a YouTube Video or Vimeo Video into a Discussion Board Post.” Remember that you must always use the “Embed Small” option
    5. Learn how to access the transcript of any YouTube video.
  5. Go to the Unit 1: Assignment #2 and #4 Discussion Board and make a new Discussion Board post of at least 200 words. In your post,
    1. tell us the unique screen name you made for yourself — and why you chose that name;
    2. tell us what time (which two hours) each day for six days a week you are planning to work on our course during the coming term;
    3. embed in your post one of your favorite YouTube videos (using the technique for embedding a YouTube video that you learned in the Course How To; remember to “Embed Small”);
    4. embed in your post a link (URL) to one of your favorite websites (using the technique for embedding a URL that you learned in the Course How To so that your link will show up as actual text, rather than just a URL or the word, Link); and
    5. tell us why the YouTube video you embedded and the website you linked to are your favorites.
  6. From the Course How To, learn how to find out which section you are in and find out which section you are in.

Unit 1: Assignment #3 (due before 11:59 pm Central on THU JAN 23):

  1. Watch Professor Gernsbacher’s “On the Internet? Seriously?” lecture video [a transcript of the video is here].
  2. Read Clive Thompson’s (2014) “Why Chess Will Destroy Your Mind” article.
  3. Read Clive Thompson’s (2014) “The Digital Age Is Making Us Smarter and the Kids Are Still All Right” article.
  4. Watch CollegeHumor’s Adam Conover’s (2016) “Why The Internet Is Good for Society” video
  5. Read Jason Feifer’s (2018) “Why Do We Keep Panicking over Tech?” article.
  6. Go to the Unit 1: Assignment #3 Discussion Board and make a new Discussion Board post of at least 200 words in which you
    1. discuss ONE of the earlier (pre-Internet, meaning non-Internet) technologies or past-times (from Professor Gernsbacher’s lecture video, Adam Conover’s video, Clive Thompson’s articles, or Jason Feifer’s article) that people feared many decades, or even centuries, ago but no longer fear.
    2. The technology or past-time that you choose to discuss MUST be a technology/past-time that no one else in your section has yet discussed; and
    3. you MUST speculate about why people feared that earlier technology or past-time and how those fears might parallel the fears people currently have about Internet use.
    4. Remember the importance of breaking your Discussion Board posts into multiple paragraphs (with the rule of thumb of no more than three or four sentences per paragraph).

Unit 1: Assignment #4 (due before 11:59 pm Central on FRI JAN 24):

  1. From the Course How To, learn how to make a reply to a Discussion Board post.
  2. From the Course Syllabus, review “What’s the best way to respond to another student’s Discussion Board post?” Remember that your responses to other students must always include at least two of the four recommended components.
  3. Go to the Unit 1: Assignment #2 and #4 Discussion Board and
    1. read your instructor and TAs’ posts;
    2. read all the other students’ posts;
    3. make a response (a reply) to three other students;
    4. each of your three responses should be at least 200 words; and
    5. if three other students in your section have not yet posted to the Discussion Board, you will need to wait until they do.

Unit 1: Assignment #5 (due before 11:59 pm Central on SUN JAN 26):

  1. Read Ward’s (2017) article, “Google Exec, Mark Cuban Agree that these College [Skills] Are the Most Robot-Resistant.”
  2. Read the excerpt from Coplin’s (2012) book, 10 Things Employers Want You To Learn in College.
  3. Read Brooklyn College’s handout (summary) of Coplin’s (2012) book.
  4. Identify three skills mentioned in Ward’s article or Coplin’s book excerpt (or the summary of Coplin’s book) that you want to develop further.
  5. Read through Karbach’s (no date) infographic, “Learning and Thinking Skills of the 21st Century Students.”
  6. Read through the Center for Teaching Quality’s (no date) infographic, “Paths to 21st Century Success.”
  7. Assess yourself on the excerpt from the “21st Century Skills Self-Assessment.”
  8. Identify three skills mentioned in Karbach’s infographic, Center for Teaching Quality’s infographic, or the 21st Century Skills Self-Assessment that you want to develop further in this course.
  9. Read through the graph provided by the Pew Research Center (2016) on “The State of American Jobs” to understand why in this course we will emphasize using the Discussion Board technology correctly (by learning how to embed URLs, videos, and images)
  10. To better understand why, during this course we will emphasize “following instructions” and “meeting deadlines,” read the excerpt from the Collegiate Employment Research Institute’s (2007) report, “Moving Up or Moving Out of the Company? Factors that Influence the Firing of New College Hires.”
  11. Review from the Course Syllabus the section on “How Can I Do Well in this Course.”
  12. Read the handout on “Why and How to Pay Attention to Details in this Course.”
  13. Identify three strategies mentioned in either the Course Syllabus or the “Why and How to Pay Attention to Details” handout that you will follow so that you can perform well in this course.
  14. Tell one other person (a roommate, friend, significant other, parent, spouse, neighbor, or classmate) the three skills from a-d; the three skills from e-h; and the three strategies from i-m that you have chosen.
  15. Go to the Unit 1: Assignment #5 Discussion Board and make a new Discussion Board post of at least 200 words in which you
    1. discuss the three skills from a-d; the three skills from e-h; and the three strategies from i-m that you have chosen — and why you have chosen those skills and strategies.
    2. identify the person you told about the skills and strategies you have chosen, by using the person’s initials (e.g., MG) and briefly explain why you told that person about the skills and strategies you chose.

Unit 1: Assignment #6 (due before 11:59 pm Central on SUN JAN 26):

  1. Complete the Unit 1 Review Sheet (which is a fillable PDF).
    1. First, download the unfilled PDF from the Course Website and save the unfilled PDF onto your own computer.
    2. Second, rename the unfilled PDF (that you have saved on your computer) to be YourLastName_PSY-532_Unit01_CourseReview.pdf.
    3. Third, on your computer, open a PDF writer app, such as Preview, Adobe Reader, or the like. Be sure to open your PDF writer app on your computer first, before you open the unfilled PDF file.
    4. Fourth, from within your PDF writer app, open the unfilled PDF file.
    5. Fifth, using your PDF writer app, fill in the PDF.
    6. Be sure to save your filled-in PDF on your computer.
  2. Go to the Unit 1: Assignment #6 and submit your filled-in PDF. The Unit 1: Assignment #6 link is an Assignment link, rather than a Discussion Board link, so it will look a bit different than the other submission links you’ve seen in this course so far.
    1. Click “Choose File” to attach/upload your filled-in PDF.
    2. Immediately after submitting your assignment, check to make sure that your filled-in PDF is really filled-in (and isn’t empty).

Congratulations, you have finished Unit 1! Onward to Unit 2!