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Jacqueline Woolley, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Spaces Available for Online Introductory Psychology Class with Profs James Pennebaker and Sam Gosling

Posted: June 9, 2014

Psychology professors James Pennebaker and Sam Gosling have each won multiple teaching awards, and both have been inducted into UT’s prestigious Academy of Distinguished Teachers.  The two accomplished teachers are taking on a new challenge this semester by launching their online introductory psychology class live to students from UT and abroad.  The New York Times declared 2012, "The Year of the MOOC" (Massive Open Online Course)- now, make way for the SMOC (Synchronous Massive Online Class).

In contrast to a MOOC, Pennebaker and Gosling’s Introductory Psychology SMOC is live and fully interactive, and offered for credit to registered UT students and now to a worldwide audience.  The professors lecture into a camera while students watch in real time on computers or mobile devices, so students participate in class as it occurs.  The format is dynamic and interactive, with Pennebaker and Gosling alternating between engaging in lively banter, showing video clips of psychological experiments, breaking up the online participants into small chat room groups for discussion, and administering daily quizzes.

See more about the class HERE. And then register for Fall 2014!

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