Unit 03

Unit 3:
Educating via the Internet
Unit 3: Assignment #1 (due before 11:59 pm Central on MON FEB 3):

  1. Read or watch ALL of the following:
    1. Kansas State University students’ (2007) video, “A Vision of Students Today.”
    2. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (no date) handout, “Student Success.”
    3. Rhett Allain’s (2017) article, “The Traditional Lecture Is Dead. I Would Know—I’m a Professor.”
    4. Dan Berret’s (2012) article, “Lectures Still Dominate Science and Math Teaching, Sometimes Hampering Student Success.”
    5. Don Tapscott’s (2012) article, “Discovery Learning Is the New Higher Learning.”
    6. Josie Gurney-Read’s (2014) article, “Fear of Technology May Hold Back Change in Education.”
    7. Meris Stansbury’s (2017) article, “8 of This Year’s Biggest Teaching and Learning Issues in Higher Ed.”
    8. Pew Research Center’s (2018) summary, “More in U.S. See … College Affordability … as ‘Very Big’ National Problem
    9. Katie Rose Quandt’s (2014) article, “College Has Gotten 12 Times More Expensive in One Generation.”
    10. Kevin Carey’s (2014) article, “Baby Boomers Broke the Social Contract in American Higher Education – Can We Fix It?
    11. David Kestenbaum’s (2015) article, “How College Students Battled Textbook Publishers To A Draw.”
    12. Joanne Jacobs’ (2013) article, “A Bubble Waiting To Burst: College Textbooks Are Ungodly Expensive & Increasingly Irrelevant.”
    13. Carl Straumsheim’s (2016) article, “Rhode Island Launches Textbook Savings Initiative.”
    14. The abstract to Evans et al.’s (2017) article, “Identifying the Best Times for Cognitive Functioning Using New Methods: Matching University Times to Undergraduate Chronotypes.”
  2. From the above articles, handouts, and the Kansas State University video, identify five challenges that college students (and colleges) face today.
  3.  Go to the Unit 3: Assignment #1 and #3 Discussion Board and make a new post, of at least 200 words, in which you
    1. list the five challenges that you identified from the articles and video (when you identify each challenge, also identify which articles or video it came from; be sure to mention the authors’ names); and
    2. explain which one of those five challenges has impacted you, as a college student, the most — and how/why it’s impacted you the most.

Unit 3: Assignment #2 (due before 11:59 pm Central on TUE FEB 4):

  1. Read (and learn) Wikipedia’s (2018) definition of meta-analysis.
  2. Read (and learn) Wikipedia’s (2018) list of advantages of performing a meta-analysis.
  3. Read (and learn) Wikipedia’s (2018) definition of and benefits from random assignment.
  4. Read (and learn) Robert Coe’s explanation of “What Effect Size Is and Why It Is Important.”
  5. Read the Executive Summary of the U.S. Department of Education’s (2010) report, “Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies.”
  6. Of the 12 key findings reported in the U.S. Department of Education’s report, select one key finding (that no one else in your section has selected).
  7. Go to Unit 3: Assignment #2 Discussion Board and make a post of at least 200 words in which you
    1. state that key finding, by providing the exact quote from the report; and
    2. explain what you think that key finding means.

Unit 3: Assignment #3 (due before 11:59 pm Central on WED FEB 5):

  1. Read ALL the posts written by all the other students in your section in the Unit 3: Assignment #1 and #3 Discussion Board about the challenges that college students face today and the one challenge that impacted each student the most.
  2. Review from the Course Syllabus “the best way to respond to another student’s Discussion Board post.”
  3. On the Unit 3: Assignment #1 and #3 Discussion Board, make a response (a reply) to all the other students who are in your Chat Group. [Note that this is your two- or three-student Chat Group, not your nine- or ten-student Section.]
    1. Each of your response/reply posts should be at least 200 words long.
    2. If all the other students in your Chat Group have not yet posted to the Discussion Board, you will need to wait until they do OR until the due date for Unit 3: Assignment #1 has passed (you will not be held responsible for responding to other Chat Group members’ posts if the Unit 3: Assignment #1 due date has passed and the Chat Group members have still not posted on Unit 3: Assignment #1).

Unit 3: Assignment #4 (due before 11:59 pm Central on FRI FEB 7):

  1. Choose one of the following:
    1. Watch Daphne Koller’s (2012) TED talk, “What We’re Learning from Online Education,” OR
    2. Read Alex Tabarrok’s (2012) article, “Why Online Education Works.”
  2. Then, do the following:
    1. Pretend that one of your roommates or friends (who is not a Psychology major), one of your parents, aunts, uncles, or grandparents, or one of your instructors who teaches only in-person classes has found out that you are taking a completely online course.
    2. Pretend that person asks you, “Does online education work? And, if it does work, why does it work?”
  3. Go to the Unit 3: Assignment #4 Discussion Board and create a post of at least 400 words answering this person’s questions (be sure to address the person by name – or pseudonym if you prefer, e.g., “Dear Roomie”).
    1. In the first (at least) 200 words of your pretend note to this person, answer the question of “Does online education work?” by referring to and explaining to this person the results of the meta-analysis reported in the U.S. Department of Education’s report.
    2. Be sure to explain, in terms that this person will understand:
      • what a meta-analysis is;
      • what random assignment means;
      • what an effect size is; and
      • why these are important features of the U.S. Department of Education’s study.
    3. In the second (at least) 200 words of your pretend note to this person, answer the question of “Why does online education work?” by summarizing what you learned from either Daphne Koller’s (2012) TED talk OR Alex Tabarrok’s (2012) article.
    4. You may write more, if you’d like, telling this person how and why online education works by referencing how and why you are learning in this course. But your first 400 words need to respond to this person’s questions using the materials from the Department of Education meta-analysis and either the Koller TED talk or the Tabarrok article.

Unit 3: Assignment #5 (due before 11:59 pm Central on SUN FEB 9):

  1. Meet online with your small Chat Group for a one-hour text-based Group Chat at the time/date that your Chat Group previously arranged.
  2. Prior to your one-hour Group Chat, all members of your Chat Group must have completed Unit 3: Assignments #1, #2, and #3.
  3. Begin your one-hour Group Chat by listing three college-related challenges (as discussed in Unit 3: Assignment #1 and Assignment #3) that have affected the members of your Chat Group the most.
  4. Then, spend the remainder of your hour-long Group Chat designing a college system that would diminish those three challenges.
    1. For example, if over-reliance on lectures is one of the three challenges that has affected members of your Chat Group the most, then design a college system that diminishes over-reliance on lectures.
    2. As another example, if the rising cost of textbooks is one of the three challenges that has affected members of your Chat Group the most, then propose a system that diminishes over-reliance on textbooks.
  5. At the end of your one-hour Group Chat:
    1. Nominate one member of your Chat Group (who participated in the Chat) to make a post on the Unit 3: Assignment #5 Discussion Board that summarizes your Group Chat in at least 200 words.
    2. Nominate a second member of your Chat Group (who also participated in the Chat) to save the Chat transcript as a webpage, as described in the Course How To (under the topic, “How to Save and Attach a Small Group Text Chat Transcript”).
      1. Then, this member of the Chat Group needs to make a post on the Unit 3: Assignment #5 Discussion Board and attach the Chat transcript, saved as a webpage (i.e., .html), to that Discussion Board post.
      2. Remember: To attach the Chat transcript, saved as a webpage, click on the word “Attach.” (Do not click on the sidebar menu “Files.”)
    3. Nominate a third member of your Chat Group (who also participated in the Chat) to make another post on the Unit 3: Assignment #5 Discussion Board that states the name of your Chat Group, the names of the Chat Group members who participated the Chat, the date of your Chat, and the start and stop time of your Group Chat.
    4. Across the semester, be sure to trade off which member of your Chat Group does each task (writes and posts the summary; creates the transcript webpage and attaches it; posts the names, date, start/stop time) so that across the semester each member of the Chat Group carries an equal load. You don’t want to create a groupwork experience like the bottom chart of these charts.
    5. If only two persons participated in the Chat, then one of those two persons needs to do two of the above three tasks.
    6. Before ending the Chat, your Chat Group should try to arrange the time for the Group Chat you will need to hold during the next Unit (Unit 4: Assignment #5).

Unit 3: Assignment #6 (due before 11:59 pm Central on SUN FEB 9):

  1. Complete the Unit 3 Review Sheet (which is a fillable PDF; refer to previous Units’ instructions for how to download, fill in, and save a fillable PDF).
    1. Rename the unfilled PDF to be YourLastName_PSY-532_Unit03_CourseReview.pdf; then fill it in.
    2. Remember that each Review Sheet in this course will be cumulative (e.g., the Unit 3 Review Sheet covers Unit 1, Unit 2, and Unit 3), so be sure to fill in ALL pages.
  2. Review the Term Project Instructions. If you have any further questions, feel free to email Professor Gernsbacher.
    1. Identify two possible projects and two possible presentation media.
    2. Investigate what resources you are going to eventually need for each of the two possible projects and for each of the two presentation media.
    3. Compose at least 200 words describing your two possible projects, your two possible presentation media, and the results of your investigation of the resources you’ll need for each.
    4. Save your 200-words as a PDF that is named YourLastName_PSY-532_Unit03_TermProject.pdf.
  3. Go to Unit 3: Assignment #6 (which is an Assignment link, not a Discussion Board) and
    1. use the “File Upload” tool to attach/upload your completed Unit 3 Review Sheet (click “Choose File” to attach/upload your filled-in PDF);
    2. click on the “+ Add Another File” to attach/upload your 200-word composition about your Term Project (saved in PDF); and
    3. immediately after submitting your assignment, check to make sure that your filled-in PDF is really filled-in (isn’t empty) and that your PDF about your Term Project is also attached and complete.

Congratulations; you have finished Unit 3! Onward to Unit 4!