Playing with data
Cognitive Psychology, 2013 (Lecturer)
Flash Programming for Psychology Experiments, 2010 (Lecturer)
Principles of Management, 2007-2008 (TA)
Communication & Behaviour in Organisations, 2006-2007 (TA)
Research Methods, 2005-2007 (Demonstrator)
Statistics, 2005-2007 (Tutor)
My broad teaching philosophy focuses on two principles: 1) that students get the most out of classes that they find directly relevant to their own lives; and 2) that evidence-based practices in the classroom can enhance learning. I believe that I as a psychologist have the privilege of teaching in a domain that is extremely applicable and relevant to everyday life, and my job is to make these links explicit in order to fully involve students with the material. As a researcher focusing on learning and memory in the context of education, my teaching philosophy is also intricately linked with my research.
The benefits of online research are numerous: samples that are more representative of the general population, expedient data collection, and reduced costs. I still believe that some experiments should take place in the lab (e.g., those requiring strict controls of the participant's environment, or interaction with the experimenter), but the ability to program experiments for the Web has given me much greater flexibility in my research. My textbook, Flash Programming for the Social & Behavioral Sciences, is based very closely on a semester-long course I taught to Psychology Graduate students who wanted to learn how to program an experiment for online data collection. Each of the chapters in this book more or less corresponds to one class I taught during the course. If you would like more information about teaching a Flash programming course, please e-mail me at email@example.com.