Thursday 11 February 2016
Helping our students to organize the information for two years of psychology is a real challenge. Whether students take their notes in notebooks or on laptops - whether you give them your notes or they take them in class - at the end of the two years, they have a lot of information to sort through. As a result, students tend to go on Amazon, buy a study guide and then just start memorizing that. So much for all of our hard work!
But having students make text-heavy study guides also defeats the point. I once had a student make a study guide for the SCLOA that was longer than the chapter in the OUP Course Companion. Clearly, something was going wrong.
And then I discovered Canva.
Canva is an easy to use design program that can be used in many different ways to enhance the revision process. One of the ways that we revise is by creating Infographics. If you go into the program and choose Infographics, you will see that there are several templates that can be used - or students can create their own templates. So, one of the ways that you can use the program is to create a study tool. For example, here is a comparison of emic and etic approaches.
The program can be used to create infographics on the origins of depression, an outline of a study, strengths and limitations of methods, ethics - you name it. The goal can be revision or informing the larger community. And, of course, they are easily shared among students. Helping students to actively participate in the revision process rather than simply reading and re-reading their notes will make them more in control of their learning and develop confidence in their understanding of the learning objectives. And it will also create some beautiful material for your bulletin board....