Blended Learning Assignments Similar to the in-class activities, students will write a short (~500 words) structured paper (each specifically addressing a research problem or applying psychological research to another domain or industry). For the first two assignments, students will be directed toward specific academic articles and websites that can help facilitate their work using provided ‘clues’ to located them via commonly- used literature search tools. As the semester progresses, students will conduct their assignments more independently, and will be expected to utilize library and Internet resources to find primary source material that will facilitate their work. Each of the 5 blended learning assignments (described in detail) addresses specific activities relevant to the work of a social psychologist: experimental design, measurement, and scientific perspective, successful communication of ideas, and application of scientific findings/consulting. Each assessment will be evaluated by the following criteria: Be Advised: All work submitted must be your own original writing, and any similarity to previous submissions, online sources or other documents will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct without hesitation. CONTENT (105 points) 105 points - All aspects of the question are addressed with sufficient and accurate detail so that a naïve reader could understand the topic. 80 points - All aspects of the question are addressed but the response is missing some significant details. 0 points - Parts are missing or lacking sufficient detail to demonstration an understanding of the topic. QUALITY OF WRITING (105 points) 105 points Strong academic writing, very clear, well organized and free of spelling and grammatical errors 210 100% (A+) 185 88% (B+) 105 50% (F) 75 points Acceptable writing, generally clear and organized with room for improvement 180 186% (B) 155 74% (C) 75 36% (F) 50 points Writing is not representative of college-level work – frequently unclear or disorganized or containing multiple errors. Consultation with the writing center strongly encouraged 155 74% (C) 130 62% (D-) 50 24% (F) 0 points Unacceptable – consultation with the writing center required 105 50% (F) 80 38% (F) 0 0% (F) Blended Learning #1: Social Cognition & Research Design “Priming” or spreading activation happens when a thought, image, emotion, memory, etc. becomes more salient in the mind after some related stimulus triggers it. The following studies and resources detail experiments in “embodied cognition,” which is the process by which metaphors related to the physical world activate schemas in the interpersonal and social world. Ackerman, J., Nocera, C. & Bargh, J. (2010). Incidental Haptic Sensations Influence Social Judgments and Decisions. Science , 328 , 1712-1715. Williams, L., & Bargh, J. (2008). Experiencing Physical Warmth Promotes Interpersonal Warmth.
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