It may sound like a lot of work, but if you can find the time, or know your students like I do, the rewards can be substantial. Online instruction has been improving for many students in recent years and in 2017 I completed a full online Master’s project for the University of Toronto through a program that’s designed for students who want to earn a Ph.D. in social psychology. It took me six months to complete, and over the course of that time I was able to develop a solid foundation of study, teach over 200 students at my University, and complete a series of online online masters. To learn a little more about some of the methods below, check out the links to the course and master’s project pages I linked to on my website. Some of the best ideas and techniques I’ve found are in The Psychology of Learning And Incentivization by Dr. Carol Dweck – a great resource when looking at how people learn things online at online or even in real life. For that one we learned that the way people learn is both through self-paced learning methods and through extrinsic mechanisms. I love learning this kind because it provides another way to help learners to identify and use those self-paced methods effectively, and that’s when you get things done.
Step 1 – Find your topic area. You can find topics of interest for your Master of Social Psychology as you go through the course content. But there are a few good sources to get you started. If the topic you’re interested in is based in your area of interest then a good resource to start with is the Departmental Archives at the University of Pennsylvania (search “Department” on the archive search tool, it will suggest the Archive of Psychology at Penn State University as your starting point). They have a wealth of content on a wide range of topics related to social psychology and psychology as a whole, and are a great resource that I recommend to any psychology major.
The American Psychological Association provides a good review of their Master of Social Psychology content – this is a good resource to browse through as well.
Another good source is the American Psychological Association (APA) website (search “psyc.socialpsychology” on the archive search tool). They have many interesting and informative articles and blog posts that you can use to get your creative juices flowing.
Another great resource that you can find online are the many online courses offered by different departments across the country. Check out the Psychology Department on UofT’s website and the Department
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