Hybrid Class

Are you the kind of person that likes to take control of your time? Do you like it when you can get to know your fellow students? Do you like to learn with interactive tools rather than just lectures? Are you the kind of person that wants to get the most out of what a course in psychology has to offer?

Congratulations! Our hybrid revision of PSY120: Elementary Psychology was designed with you in mind. By the end of the course, not only will you know all about psychology (and psychology at Purdue), but you will know how to use psychology to enhance your study skills, to understand people (including your friends and relatives) and hopefully, have a better understanding of yourself.

While hybrid courses are new to Purdue, we think they are a great way to learn. If you don’t believe me, read the PDF of our APS Poster Presentation on the Hybrid Course; we found that students in our hybrid course got higher grades, gave higher evaluations (both of the instructors and the course), and had higher attendance. You could also watch my introduction lecture to get a feel for the class, or read about how beneficial Introductory Psychology is for you.

How does it work?

The hybrid version of PSY120 uses a combination of online recorded lectures combined with once-a-week recitations (e.g., meetings). While not for everyone, we think this hybrid approach is something special. The format gives you great flexibility in your schedule and provides numerous innovative ways to learn. It serves as a unique gateway to the field of psychology in general and it will give you a close up view of what psychological researchers at Purdue are studying.

To explain: Let’s imagine I was teaching an introductory course in Aviation. I don’t know if you know this, but Amelia Earhart was an instructor at Purdue. Wouldn’t it be great if you could learn about the early days of flight from her? How about modern aviation safety? Wouldn’t it be fantastic to learn this from Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (the “Hero on the Hudson” pilot and also a Purdue alum)? Instead of listening to just one instructor, you could learn from one of the field’s pioneers and get a modern expert’s take on things.

We happen to have the modern-day equivalents of Amelia Earhart and Captain Sullenberger (for psychology), right here at Purdue–pioneering new frontiers of research and able to give you unique perspective of what you really need to know in each of their respective areas of psychology (from sensation and perception, to learning and memory, to clinical psychology, and more).

Given the status of Purdue as one of the best research universities in the country, arguably, any one of our 40+ faculty knows more than anyone else in the world about their specific area of psychology. While we can’t hear from all of our faculty members in this hybrid course, we are lucky enough to have 10 professors who have recorded their lectures about their respective areas and their passions. As an added bonus, most of these instructors teach introductory courses in these areas as well. By watching their lectures, you can get a preview of what you can expect in additional psychology courses if you choose to take them. Most importantly, you will hear about the cutting edge of research in psychology, for the researchers on the cutting edge.

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