The 26th Annual Midwest Institute for Students and Teachers of Psychology

Friday, Feb. 22, 2019

Join us to share and discuss the teaching of psychology. We are honored to have David Myers and Tesia Marshik as part of our day.

Thinking Smart in a Post Truth Age

David Myers will give examples of popular and potent false beliefs, and will explain how such come to be. He will also examine possible biases—and successful remedies for such.

Social psychologist David Myers is a communicator of psychological science to college students and the general public. His scientific writings, supported by National Science Foundation grants and fellowships, have appeared in three dozen academic periodicals, including Science, the American Scientist, the American Psychologist, and Psychological Science. David has digested psychological research for the public through articles in four dozen magazines, from Scientific American to Christian Century, and through seventeen books, including general interest books and textbooks. His research and writings have been recognized by the Gordon Allport Prize, by an "honored scientist" award from the Federation of Associations in the Brain and Behavioral Sciences, by the Award for Distinguished Service on Behalf of Personality-Social Psychology, and by three honorary doctorates.

“Why don’t they learn?!” Overcoming misinformation and resistance to change in education

Many common beliefs about teaching and learning are not actually supported by scientific evidence. Moreover, these beliefs are stubbornly resistant to change. In my talk, this session, participants will be encouraged to reflect on and re-examine some of their own beliefs about effective instructional practices. We will discuss some of the most prevalent myths in education and explore the underlying reasons for their persistence, including natural cognitive limitations and biases that make it difficult for people to change their beliefs. Finally, we will discuss strategies for overcoming these limitations, both as educators and learners.

Tesia Marshik is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where she teaches educational psychology, motivation, and developmental psychology courses. Her research primarily focuses on understanding contextual and social-cognitive influence on students’ and teachers’ motivation and performance. Most recently, she has been actively involved in AAACU’s “Re-Imagining the First Year” initiative, where she co-developed and implemented mindset and belonging interventions aimed at improving success rates of first-year students, particularly those who have historically been underserved by higher education. She also uses her teaching and research expertise to debunk pseudoscience, explore how cognitive limitations and biases make people resistant to change, and examine strategies to promote open-mindedness, critical self-reflection, and information literacy. She is actively engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning and served as a University of Wisconsin System Teaching Fellow in 2014. She has been recruited for a number of local, national, and international speaking engagements, both inside and outside of higher education, and enjoys making psychological research accessible and relevant to different populations. She resides in La Crosse, WI with her husband, two kids, and giant doofus dog.

9 to 9:30 a.m.

Registration/Poster Session
SRC 2000

9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction
Ada Wainwright and Azure Thill, College of DuPage
SRC 2000

9:40 to 10:50 a.m.

Invited Address
SRC 2000

Thinking Smart in a Post-Truth Age
David Myers, Hope College

11 to 11:50 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • To Online or Not to Online: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Online Psychology Programs
    Jeffrey Stowell and William Addison
    SRC 2000 A
  • Purposeful Pausing: Utilizing Intermittent “Thinking Breaks” to Foster Learning
    Kathryn J. O’Toole and Elizabeth K. Gray, North Park University
    SRC 2000 B
  • Games People Play: Using Games as a Teaching Tool for Learning and Reviewing Psychological Concepts
    Rich Beans, Greenville University
    SRC 2000 F

12 to 12:50 p.m.

Lunch

HSC Atrium

1 to 1:50 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Best Practices for Teaching Applied Psychology
    Eva Mika, Loyola University of Chicago
    SRC 2000 A
  • The Benefits of Team-Teaching Introduction to Psychological Science
    Tony Barnhart, Leslie Cameron, Kateryna Sylaska, Dennis Munk and Arryn Robbins, Carthage College
    SRC 2000 B
  • What Should I Be Doing Now to Get Into Graduate School?
    COD Faculty Members and Local Graduate Students
    SRC 2000 F

2 to 2:50 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • One Size Does Not Fit All: Supporting Diverse Student Needs with High-Impact Teaching Practices
    Sarah Grison, Parkland College
    SRC 2000 A
  • Gamification v2.0, What Have We Learned?
    Patrick O’Connor, College of DuPage
    SRC 2000 F

3 to 3:50 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • TWOFERS! Interdisciplinary Co-teaching with Psychology
    Christine Grela, McHenry County College
    SRC 2000 A
  • Social Justice in the Classroom
    Mary Kite, Scott Barrera, Kailah Glock, Steven Scally and Paulina Wojtach, Ball State University
    SRC 2000 F

4 to 5:15 p.m.
Invited Address

SRC 2000

“Why Don’t They Learn?!” Overcoming Misinformation and Resistance to Change in Education
Tesia Marshik, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

5:15 to 6:30 p.m.
Dinner and Friday Night Live

HSC Atrium

Compelling Demonstrations for the Psychology Course
Sarah Butler, College of DuPage