Barney Beins, PhD, Ithaca College, shares ideas for teaching using the APA Online Psychology Laboratory (OPL). This session reviews the available studies and demonstrations. It will also present pedagogical uses to enhance the teaching of psychological science.
- What is OPL?
- What studies and demonstrations are available?
- How can OPL be used to foster student learning?
- How can OPL be used in introductory and in advanced classes?
This session will provide information about the APA Online Psychology Laboratory (OPL). This program will feature strategies for using online experiments and demonstrations in the classroom to promote student learning about psychological science. The modules can be useful both for introductory level classes and for advanced, research-based classes.
About the Presenter
Bernard C. Beins, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Ithaca College where he has taught since 1986. He is the 2010 recipient of the Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching Award from the American Psychological Foundation. He is a Fellow of APA Division 1 (General Psychology), Division 2 (Teaching of Psychology), Division 3 (Experimental Psychology), and Division 52 (International Psychology); the Association for Psychological Science; and the Eastern Psychological Association. He is president-elect of the New England Psychological Association and was president of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) in 2004 and secretary from 1992 to 1994. He earned his bachelor's degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and his doctorate from City University of New York. Much of his professional work involves the scholarship of teaching and learning, particularly writing, critical thinking, and statistics and research methods. In addition, he and his students conduct research on the psychology of humor, including the role of context in humor appreciation and the role of personality variables in humor. He is author of Research Methods: A Tool for Life and co-author with Maureen McCarthy of Research Methods and Statistics (both with Pearson/Allyn & Bacon) and co-author with Agatha Beins of Effective Writing in Psychology: Papers, Posters, and Presentations (Wiley-Blackwell) and author of a quick guide to APA style (Wiley-Blackwell). He has also co-edited several books on the teaching of psychology. During his career, he has published over 130 journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries, and other print and electronic material, and he has given over 240 conference presentations; his students have made over 100 research presentations.