Submitted by Samantha Mladen
I created a Diigo account with a number of useful links, including therapy videos, descriptions of disorders developed by the NIMH, and resources for students interested in a career in psychology. Creating this resource will be helpful for any future classes that I teach, but was also a useful exercise in thinking about the tone that I'd like to set in class. For instance, do I want to show tape of therapy sessions (a more applied approach) or do I want to have a more theoretical approach? Future students may also benefit from considering how the resources that they choose to prepare for lecture will set the tone for their course.
Submitted by Blair Burnette
I created a Diigo account in order to save online resources. I lead a group of 494 students as part of my assistantship. These are all students who are interested in doing PSYC 494 in order to gain research experience. All of my current students are interested in going to graduate school in psychology. Our first topic of the semester is on graduate programs in psychology. Many of them are interested in graduate school but are not interested in doing research. However, they are unclear of what their options are and what is the best fit for their interests. Thus, they were really eager to learn more about the process, the different types of programs, licensure, and funding sources.
Although our lab has some resources saved, many of the resources overlap or are outdated. As well, our students do not have direct access to these resources as they are saved on our network drive.
So, I wanted to create a collection of links and resources I think would be beneficial for the students where they could access them at any time. I created a Group within Diigo and made it invitation only so that I can invite my 494 students. Then, I created an Outliner called "Graduate Programs in Psychology." I have been saving various articles and resources from around the web using the Chrome extension for Diigo. I love the extension as it means I can just click a little button on my toolbar and easily save the item. Even better, the extension allows me to specify where in my Diigo account and group the link goes and allows me to add a description and tag it. Thus, my students can go into the Diigo group and browse the resources by topic.
I am looking forward to collecting more and more resources this way and having a space for my students to go. As well, creating the group means we can have discussions within Diigo which further strengthens our community. Hopefully the students can also learn and gain support from each other!
Submitted by Jessie Greenlee
Diigo, a tool for managing online resources, is a more organized version of your browser’s bookmarks. I have never really used the bookmark feature because I can’t access the saved resources anywhere but my personal computer. Diggo allows you to organize resources in on outline format and you can annotate, highlight, etc. as you go along, a feature that is really helpful when you stumble across something that could be useful in the future.
For this assignment I wanted to give Diigo a try with a specific goal in mind– to start an outline that focuses on teaching/pedagogical resources specifically designed for psychology instructors. The outline is currently centered around three topics: general resources, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and resources from colleges or universities. Everything in this outline is free. You can find the in progress outline here: https://www.diigo.com/outliner/7e35pp/Online-Teaching-Resources?key=g67lq4pxq6
(1) General Resources
The resources here highlight general topics in teaching. For example, you’ll find a link to teaching resources the American Psychological Society finds useful. There is also a link to the Online Psychology Lab (OPL) that provides access to a number helpful resources, including data sets for students, teaching aids, and online demonstrations.
(2) Society for the Teaching of Psychology
The Society for the Teaching of Psychology is a division of the APA and their purpose is to promote evidence based practices in the teaching of psychology. I’ve posted several individual pages from their extensive website and highly recommend checking it out. For anyone teaching a class for the first time, Project Syllabus has example syllabi from all sorts of courses and topics that have been “peer reviewed” to ensure at least a baseline level of quality. They also have a blog that’s open to the public that hosts a number of discussions relevant to psychology instruction.
(3) Resource from colleges/universities
Many universities have some sort of center for teaching excellence with links to a number of resources for faculty and graduate students. Some of the information is a bit repetitive but there is something unique in each of them. For example, Vanderbilt provides a set of 68 guides on topics ranging form cheating and plagiarism to writing good multiple choice tests. Missouri State provides a lengthy list of links to all sorts of psychology teaching resources and seems like a good place to go for things like demonstrations, etc.
All in all, I found Diigo outliner to be a useful organizational tool that can save time and energy when collecting resources.
Submitted by Courtney Simpson
For this assignment, I created an account on Diigo. Diigo stands for “Digest of Internet Information, Groups, and Other stuff.” It is a website that allows you to bookmark, tag, and annotate other webpages and save them for future reference. Basically, you can create a personal library of information available on the web. Furthermore, it has a social component that allows you to share information with and get information from others. You can follow people and build friend lists that allow you to find resources from people that you know, and you can build different “groups” of people that you want to share resources with. In a group, each member can add, browse, and search the content. Additionally, group members can interact with on-the-page annotations. This element of Diigo could be very beneficial for a class – you could create a group for all the students in a class and provide a library of useful tools and resources they can use to further their learning. You can highlight and annotate parts of the text you think are important so the students know what to focus on. Moreover, the class could all read the same article and comment and discuss the article right on the page. Group sticky notes and group forums are available that allow people to interact with one another and discuss their ideas about the information. This component could facilitate students learning from one anothe.
The annotation component of Diigo is quite extensive, and this is very beneficial if you are someone like me who likes to use lots of highlighters and mark up text. My favorite feature is that you are able to highlight in four different colors! Additionally, you can add sticky notes to webpages or articles, and they can be either tied to a highlight or freely positioned. Furthermore, you can take a screenshot and capture part of a page. This feature allows you to work with it visually as an image, and you can mark it up with colorful text, arrows, and shapes. The image is saved and linked back to the original article, and you can add a description and tags. Diigo archives all the webpages you save so you do not lose content if something is deleted.
Overall, Diigo appears to be an awesome tool that would not only be helpful to teaching, but for personal organization as well. It is available in an app, so you are able to access all your information and resources on your phone or iPad. The one downside of Diigo is that the free version does not allow you to store or annotate PDFs. To do so, you must pay $5-6 per month. You can, however, save links to PDFs. While this is unfortunate, it is nice to be able to highlight and mark up different webpages and save them for future reference. I currently have a mess of bookmarks, and think I will start using Diigo to organize information I come across online.