IMPACT Profile: George Hollich

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Vol: 2014, Issue: 1

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Ware, Jason A
IMPACT; psychology; developmental psychology; Education
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This profile highlights the course redesign and transformation of an introductory Psychology course. The professor responsible for the course transformation was primarily focused on these questions: how does, 1) creating smaller learning environments/classes, 2) teaching as a team of subject-matter experts from different specializations within Psychology, and 3) reducing the amount of pure content covered within a semester, enhance students’ ability to think like psychologists through the lens of hypothesis testing? The course data, which include students’ low stakes and high stakes assessment scores, students’ assessments of their own learning gains, and end-of-semester course evaluations, suggest that students enjoy the smaller class sizes within hybrid sections of the course as well as the group activities, and that they perceive their learning gains to be higher within the hybrid sections than those students within traditional lecture sections.