In this episode, Eric interviews two dear friends and the faculty leads of the American Psychological Association’s Introductory Psychology Initiative, or IPI — Regan A. R. Gurung from Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR, and Garth Neufeld from Cascadia College in Bothell, WA. So many topics are discussed by these three, including the origin stories of IPI and how Regan and Garth ascended to the leadership helm, short-lived compass points (and how Eric can ruin anything), and group formation, with special emphasis on student learning outcomes (SLOs) and assessment (Eric’s group). We have a winding conversation about pillars, that was, refreshingly honest. We discuss the inner workings of the introductory psychology classroom, a call for more active experimentation, and ponder why there is not a national course starter template available?
For more on IPI: www.apa.org/ipi
For more about the IPI edited book discussed ( Transforming introductory psychology: Expert advice on teacher training, course design, and student success ), go to https://www.apa.org/pubs/books/transforming-introductory-psychology