Online Assignments

Online learning is an extension of class time with assignments specifically designed to expand on core constructs. The online assignments are not considered homework. Homework is meant to prime you for learning or reinforce what you have learned. Without the constraints of a classroom environments, the online forum allows you to learn at your own pace and develop different learning strategies.  For the most part, the online assignments focus on reflective thinking.

Reflective writing is your written personal account of your observation and meditation about the meaning of that experience. You engage in reflective thinking all the time;  You experience something, think about what happened including maybe how you feel and what you learned from the experience.  Some times, such reflections lead you to new perspectives or questions. Throughout the semester, you will be exposed to new ideas and concepts. I am asking you to reflect about what you are learning in class, your readings, and the research projects that you are working on. Did you learn something new? Are you thinking about something differently? Are you approaching others or information differently? Reflective writing writing develops critical thinking skills and fosters creativity.

The online assigned entries are scheduled to correspond with particular topics.  In addition, you have four entries of your choice. Reflections must be related to research topics.

Grading of Rubric:

0 = No entry,
1= Superficial reflection and/or grammatical errors (i.e., did not proof),
2= Reflections includes insightful and relevant connections made to research principles. No quotes are to be used.

Assigned: Entries
Check you syllabus for dates


Can attachment theory explain all our relationships?



Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience: How to Tell the Difference


Science Vs. Science  Episode called Science. Science is supposed to be an unbiased way to uncover nature’s secrets. Through blinded experiments, rigorous peer review and replication—we’ve been told that by using the scientific method we’ll find trustworthy facts. But, with many scientific findings largely regarded as ‘wrong’, is science broken?

Invisibilia; The Secret History of Thought– Focus on second story; starts around 35.50 minutes. This podcast was assigned because it illustrates why researchers would use a case report as a research design.

Decision Making in Every Day Life : Attend One Common Hour (usually Mondays) discussion with Former Congressman, Tim Bishop on any topic. Your focus should be on the difference between anecdotal evidence vs. scientific evidence. Were you presented with data or anecdotes to support opinions? Were you swayed in particular direction? Integrate the blog article The Disproportional Power of Anecdotes   in your reflection.
Your Choice: 4 Entries
Free entries can be anything of your choosing related to research. You can reflect on something particularly interesting from this class or another class, a conversation, social media, the news etc. It can be a reaction to a cartoon, video, or a piece of art or music. The reflection must be connected to research in some way.

Some suggestions.

If you would like to explore more ideas on how early experiences are related to later relationship issues (i.e., application of theory), listen to the following podcast. In your entry, apply principles of attachment theory to the work of Ester Perell

Esther Perell- Where do we begin? Pick one session of  your choice.

If you like the topics of ethics in research and science, watch Three Identical Strangers (Neflix, SJC Library). You can also watch the Stanford Prison Experiment Movie (Netflix).

If you like thinking about the links between journalism and communication of research here are some options.

The Witness (Movie). Documentary about the effects of media coverage of Kitty Genovese and its distortion of story.

If you find the topic of Placebos (i.e., the power of), a topic we will cover when we discuss Experimental designs, listen to the following podcast,