WPI Courses

PSY 590: Alternative Research Methods in Learning Sciences

Coming Fall 2022

Description: This class will provide an overview of various research methodologies that can be used in learning science research but are traditionally not taught in basic methods and statistics classes. A large part of this class will involve introducing students to qualitative methods of data collection (e.g. semi-structured interviews, focus groups, open-ended responses) and analysis, as well as some quantitative analyses (e.g. minimal effects testing, causal modeling). Exact topics are to be determined, but students will leave this class with a better understanding of the various methods available to answer important questions in learning science.

PSY 504: Metacognition, Motivation, & Affect (grad)

PSY 4800: Metacognition, Motivation, & Affect (undergrad)

Description: This course covers three key types of constructs that significantly impact learning and performance in real-world settings, including but not limited to educational settings. Students will gain an understanding of the main theoretical frameworks, and major empirical results, that relate individuals’ meta-cognition, motivation, and affect to real-world outcomes, both in educational settings and other areas of life. Students will learn how theories and findings in these domains can be concretely used to improve instruction and performance and complete final projects that require applying research in these areas to real-world problems. Students will do critical readings on research on this topic.

PSY 506: Learning and Creativity

Description: This course covers selected topics related to learning and creativity— including measurement, memory, semantic networks, sleep, analogies, problem-solving, divergent thinking, and insight moments. Students will critically review journal articles and other forms of media to gain a better understanding of the processes involved in learning and creative cognition. Students will also learn about prominent theories of learning and creativity and identify ways to utilize these frameworks to improve education and student experiences in the classroom.

Psych 2401: Psychology of Education

Description: This class covers select topics from educational psychology, including theories of learning from cognitive science and learning science, evidence of effective study strategies and educational practices, as well as how non-academic and social factors can influence student experiences and achievement in education. The class draws upon empirical research articles, ted talks, podcasts, and other forms of media to illustrate these concepts. Students will not only learn about current theories and findings from educational psychology, but will use what they’ve learned to propose novel research studies, design a lesson or course, or propose a novel product that utilizing learning science to help students learn. Recommended background: PSY 1400 or PSY 1401.