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Applications for the 2019 Working Groups have closed. These small collaborative groups will convene during the convention to produce a deliverable item of use to SPSP members. Ten individuals will be selected to participate in each Working Group.

Experiential Learning Activities

Title: Best experiential learning activities for teaching how to make and maintain social connections

Facilitator: Chris Bauman, University of California, Irvine

Time: Friday, February 8, 2-5 pm

Description of Working Group: Making and maintaining social connections is a crucial skill for success in people’s personal and professional lives (i.e., life satisfaction, career advancement). Many psychology courses highlight the importance of relationships, but knowing what to say or do during face-to-face encounters is not always discussed in courses and takes practice. This working group aims to identify active learning techniques that draw from a wide array of psychological theories and can help undergraduate and graduate students navigate in-person social interactions and appropriately follow up afterward to further develop the relationship. 

Description of Deliverable: The working group will generate a guide for instructors who are interested in incorporating experiential learning opportunities (i.e., non-lecture activities) about relationship formation and maintenance, including (but not limited to) techniques that could be used in hybrid and online courses. The guide will include at least two parts: (1) identify ways in which a variety of theoretical perspectives are relevant and provide behavioral prescriptions, and (2) include links to ready-to-use exercises available online, descriptions of activities that instructors have successfully used in their classes, and less-developed ideas that a person or group might develop in the future.

Participant Requirements: Research or teaching experience related to the topic is preferred. Student participation may be possible, especially if they have experience with the topic in a prior class or as a research topic.


Open Education Resources

Title: Free & Open Educational Resources for undergraduate Social & Personality Psychology courses

Facilitators: Ashley Biddle, University of Hawaii - Leeward Community College and Alishia Huntoon, Oregon Institute of Technology

Time: Friday, February 8, 2-5 pm

Description of Working Group: Due to sky-rocketing higher education costs, there is a social justice movement to increasingly use high quality free and open educational resources (OER) in our teaching. This approach has particular benefit at schools with large numbers of first-generation college students and students with greater financial need. However, whereas most professors acknowledge the benefit of reducing student costs, they are concerned about OER quality, ancillary materials, and availability.  We will identify and evaluate current OER offerings for undergraduate social/personality psychology courses, producing a list of resources that faculty can use in their own courses, as well as identifying areas of need and the next steps in their development.

Description of Deliverable: In this working group, we will explore, evaluate, and curate an organized list of current Open Educational Resources available for use in undergraduate introductory social/personality psychology courses. Our main goal is to make it easier for faculty to consider OER by easing the burden of searching for materials; we also anticipate identifying gaps in the current offerings with a longer-term goal of filling those gaps.

Participant Requirements: Participants should have some experience/familiarity with Open Educational Resources and Creative Commons licensing, and at least one year of undergraduate teaching experience (especially in introductory and/or social psychology courses). Students welcome if they meet these criteria.


Power Analysis Practices and Reporting

Title: Guidelines for Power Analysis Practices and Reporting in Social/Personality Psychology

Facilitator: Roger Giner-Sorolla, University of Kent

Time: Saturday, February 9, 9 am – 12 pm

Description of Working Group: Many journals in S/P psychology now require reporting power analysis (PA). But there is little consensus about many specifics of PA procedures, leading to confused and inaccurate reporting. We aim to produce a document with researched guidelines to issues such as: which effect size to assume; whether to report a priori, sensitivity or post-hoc PA; PA for currently poorly specified analyses; and how PA should inform decisions about statistical evidence. We will research and define decision points on these issues beforehand, use the meeting to increase consensus and draft a writing plan, and finalize the deliverable by June 2019.

Description of Deliverable: In Research article authors, reviewers, and journal editors will all benefit from having well-founded guidance on power analysis available to them in a single document, whether disseminated through peer reviewed publication or otherwise. This is especially true for advanced techniques popular in the field that currently have no single, authoritative PA solution, such as factorial and repeated-measures ANOVA, multilevel analysis, and mediation. Our guide might be distributed openly on the Internet, through an SPSP journal such as PSPR, or through another journal -- a topic to discuss as the project takes shape.

Participant Requirements: We anticipate that most of this workshop's participants will come from the more statistically adept side of S/P psychology researchers, e.g., teachers of statistics, authors of stats and methods articles. But we also welcome some researchers who do not feel they are statistics experts, but are interested in the topic as research authors, and can judge the usability of current and proposed advice from a “stats-layperson” point of view.



2019 Annual Convention
February 7 - 9, 2019
Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97232, USA