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Post 5: Last Day

What do you do on the last day of class? By that I mean the very last meeting, not necessarily “the last day of classes” which is usually the penultimate meeting. For most courses, the last meeting consists of a … Continue reading

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Post 4: Scientific Competence

As I was putting my syllabus together it occurred to me that while I had designed the PSY 397 Advanced Lab course to build research skills, it would also be good to reflect on the higher purpose of the course. … Continue reading

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Post 3: Fostering Metacognition

My main area of research is metacognition. Sometimes this is defined as “thinking about thinking” but really it is a much deeper skill. It is your ability to monitor and control your mental states. That is, to become aware of … Continue reading

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Post 2: Programming is Hard

Imagine you want to add one sentence to a book. But the book is written in Chinese, which you barely understand. And this book is hidden somewhere in a library filled with Chinese books. And the library uses an organizational … Continue reading

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Post 1: Learning to Learn

I am developing a course called PSY397 Advanced Lab, for the Psychology Department. The goal is to create a situation in which senior psych majors can – in small groups – design and run an experiment. This involves coming up … Continue reading

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