Society for the Teaching of Psychology: Division 2 of the American Psychological Association

Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching: 2017

Volume 17

A collection of monthly essays
originally published on the
PsychTeacher™ Electronic Discussion List


Edited by

William S. Altman
SUNY Broome Community College

Lyra Stein
Rutgers University

Jonathan E. Westfall
Delta State University

Society for the Teaching of Psychology
© 2018

ISBN: 978-1-941804-47-6 

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents iii
Introduction iv
From Passive Learner to Active Participant:  Examining the Effectiveness of Inter-Teaching
Peter Frost, Southern New Hampshire University 1
Ditching the “Disposable Assignment” in Favor of Open Pedagogy
Rajiv S. Jhangiani, Kwantlen Polytechnic University 7
Four Simple Strategies from  Cognitive Psychology for the Classroom
Megan A. Sumeracki, Rhode Island College; Christopher R. Madan, Boston College; Yana Weinstein, University of Massachusetts Lowell 13
Using Media in the Classroom:  A Cautionary Tale and some Encouraging Findings
Lynne N. Kennette, Durham College 21
A Short Writing Assignment for  Introductory Courses and Beyond
Mitchell M. Handelsman, University of Colorado Denver 24
Flipping the Classroom Improves Performance in  Research Methods in Psychology Courses
Ellen Furlong, Illinois Wesleyan University 28
Flipped Out:  Methods and Outcomes of Flipping Abnormal Psychology
Amanda K. Sommerfeld, Washington College 32
Supporting Students Using Balanced In-Class Small Groups
Hung-Tao Michael Chen, Eastern Kentucky University 37
Technology Bans and Student Experience in the College Classroom
Thomas Hutcheon, Bard College 40
Team-Based Learning: A Tool for Your Pedagogical Toolbox
Krisztina V. Jakobsen, James Madison University 44
Do These Things Even Work?  A Call for Research on Study Guides
Jana Hackathorn, Amanda W. Joyce, Michael J. Bordieri, Murray State University 48
Mindfulness and Meditation in Psychology Courses
Jennifer A. McCabe, Dara G. Friedman-Wheeler, Goucher College 52
About the Authors 60
About the Editors 64


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Frost, P. (2018). From passive learner to active participant: Examining the effectiveness of inter-teaching.  In W. Altman, L. Stein, & J. E. Westfall (Eds.), Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching (Vol. 17, pp.  1-6). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Web site:

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