This live graded online psychology class for high school is aligned with the CLEP psychology exam. Students who do well on the exam earn college credit.
Have you ever awakened from a nightmare and wondered why you had such a frightening dream? Or have you ever become depressed or anxious and wondered whether you will ever feel normal? Ever thought about what triggers your bad moods? Or, have you considered why in some situations you have perfect self-control and at other times feel so out of control?
Our study in Intro to Psychology will answer questions like these about our behavior – how and why we think, feel, and act as we do. Through an investigation of the topics of neuroscience, the nature and nurture of development, sensation and perception, methods of learning, memory, intelligence, motivation, emotion, personality, and psychological disorders you will learn about both historical and contemporary perspectives in the field of psychology.
Our themes for the class this year will be Improving our Memory and Setting Realistic Goals. Using research on memory and cognition students will be encouraged to complete monthly exercises to enhance memory, set SMART goals and improve their growth mindset. Each month I will provide new exercises that touch on this theme as well as an additional lecture on the theme for the month.
This is a highly interactive class which includes participation in two live components per week. These live components include a one-hour live lecture where the instructor will present concepts which are covered in corresponding chapters, and a one-hour live chat time where students will see psychology in action through web presentations and videos of classic psychological studies. Students will have opportunity to ask questions and interact with the instructor during both live sessions. Discussion is encouraged. Although both of the live components will be available throughout the year for downloading, students are encouraged to participate in the live sessions.
Assignments for the class will include chapter tests and essays, completion of sample “psychological assessments”, performing classical and operant conditioning experiments, and building a virtual brain and nervous system. A final project of designing and implementing a mini-research study using class participants will further assist the student in learning about research into the field of psychology. Using the experimental method, the student will learn to develop a survey, to understand the basics of correlational research, to use simple descriptive statistics, and to complete an experimental write-up of their project.
Students can expect to spend about 4-6 hours per week on this course. This includes reading the assigned texts, answering multiple-choice questions, writing essays, discussing class work, and participating in the weekly online chats and live lectures.
Who should enroll?
This class is for high school students in grades 9-12 who are looking for an interactive class where they can learn about behavior.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
Students and parents will receive weekly email updates regarding topics covered, assignments, and readings due that week. Work will be graded within a week from the due date of the assignment. In addition to the regular work for the class, there are also several optional assignments where students can earn extra credit.
Bi-weekly tests and essays will be given to assess comprehension of the material. Three major projects will be required: group brain project, memory map, mini-research project. Weekly assignments related to the topics we are covering are required. Weekly optional assignments will also be posted for students who are interested in additional knowledge about the topics.
My grading policy is liberal. It is my goal to have the students learn the concepts and give them the opportunity to earn the grade that they would like. I respond to communication via email within 24 hours.
Parents are welcome to contact me via email with any questions about the class. Registration is open to all students in grades 9-12.