2020 EPIC Virtual Presentation Abstracts

9:30 am- 10:00 am KEYNOTE: Rolling with the Punches: Teaching and Living During Covid et al.

Regan Gurung, Oregon State University Psychology

10:05 am- 10:45 am Integrating humanity into the hybrid, online, or distanced classroom

Leveraging Blended Learning in the Psychology Classroom.

Cori Schwarzrock, Cary-Grove High School

In this presentation, I will share the basic building blocks of a blended/hybrid classroom including how to create and use a mix map and how to design a station rotation lesson.  I have used the principles of blended learning in a blended, remote and HyFlex learning environment.  The strategies that will be discussed in this presentation are easy to implement and adapt well to most learning environments.

Low-tech Gamification while Teaching Online: Collecting ‘s

Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges, UWGB Psychology

In this session, Dr. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges will describe some low-tech ways to gamify an online class.  Using the concept of collecting stars (much like SuperMario), students do extra work, participate in extra activities, or play “fun” games to “level up” in the class. Some examples from Georjeanna’s Statistics class will be used to illustrate.

Applying Positive Psychology to Foster Student Engagement and Well-Being Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

Alan Chu, UWGB Psychology

With the pandemic and pivot to remote instruction, student engagement and well-being are more important than ever and yet more difficult to achieve. In this presentation, Alan Chu will offer positive psychology teaching strategies, including application of strengths, a growth mindset, and gratitude, that any instructor can use in person and virtually to promote student engagement and well-being

11:00 am-11:25 am Virtual “hands on” in neuroscience: ways to illustrate complex concepts

Biological Psychology: How Big is 86 Billion? + How Are a Clothespin and a Brain Alike?

Stephanie Cutlan, UWGB Psychology

One of the issues with teaching neuroscience at the Introductory/AP psychology level is illustrating abstract concepts. Stephanie Cutlan will present a series of ways to make abstract concepts more concrete with analogies and examples.

Understanding Taste: Contributions of tastebuds, vision, and smell.  

Todd Hillhouse, UWGB Psychology

Do you hate the taste of broccoli? Or think that grapefruit is extremely bitter? If so, you may be able to blame it on your taste buds! To supertasters, foods may have much stronger flavors, which often leads to supertasters having very strong likes and dislikes for different foods. Interestingly, vision and smell contribute as much information to taste as your taste buds. These two experiments will help demonstrate the contributions of tastes buds, visional cues, and smells to the overall taste of food.

11:30 am- 11:55 am Memorization and testing in the blended classroom: Resources

What is Xamplr?

Brad Wray, Pikesville High School

Brad Wray will present a pre-recorded walk-through of a handy teaching tool for vocabulary understanding and application in psychology. His app includes ways to practice with vocabulary, moving from a surface-level understanding to a deeper-level of encoding.

Enhancing the Effectiveness of Multiple-Choice Questions

Blake Harvard

MC questions can be enhanced to be quite powerful assessments of learning and used to tailor student’s future studies.

12:00 pm -12:25 pm Virtual “hands on” in developmental psychology: Ideas for the classroom

Using a Simulation Activity to Foster Student Engagement, Perspective Taking, and Personal Insight.

Dean Von Dras, UWGB Psychology

This brief presentation describes an engaging activity, where students simulate age-associated changes in hearing and vision.  This simple to conduct classroom or homework activity provides students opportunity to gain perspective and find personal insight, as they consider the psychological and social changes that are realized during the simulation.

Gene-culture coevolution

Sawa Senzaki, UWGB Psychology

In Psychology, there is an age-old nature-nurture debate. Recent research shows that genetic foundations and sociocultural environments interact and shape human evolution, suggesting that specific cultural practices have shaped genetic evolution in particular populations. We’ll discuss how gene-culture coevolution may play a role in our future.

12:25 pm -12:40 pm Talking about psychology beyond the classroom

What can students do with a psychology degree? The importance of teaching students about the wide variety of career possibilities (and how to prepare for them)

David Copeland, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

When most students discuss psychology careers, they typically talk about therapists or psychologists helping people. While these are great careers, there are so many more options in psychology. In this talk I will cover why it is important to encourage psychology students to start thinking about careers early and I will share resources that students can use to succeed in college and prepare for their future.