Attendance and Participation
This class is not your typical university psych class. You will NOT come to class to hear a lecture. Before you get too excited - there will be lectures. It's just that they are pre-recorded and you will watch them "at home" according to a set schedule. These lectures will be divided up into "video segments" with a short multiple-choice quiz at the end of each. For every correct answer you get, you earn "reward points" which can be redeemed at the end of the semester for "prizes".
Actual class time will be devoted to "studio class" - where we will work on activities and projects in groups called a learning pod. Throughout the semester, pods will be reassigned so that each of you will belong to three pods total. What a great way to make new friends, eh?
Studio class attendance is required. You cannot contribute if you are not there! To sweeten the pot even more, you will earn reward points for attending.
We will be working in close proximity throughout the semester. Given the uncertainty of the COVID virus and the vaccination status of your classmates, I would appreciate it if we all wore masks (properly) in the classroom. If you choose not to, you will need to be assigned to a group with members who are comfortable with this decision. If anyone comes to class visibly unwell (e.g. coughing, sneezing, and/or sniffling) they will be asked to mask up or leave the room (if we are working inside that day). These measures will help keep you and everyone else as safe and healthy as possible so we can have a fun semester together.
You will be watching approximately 27 hours of recorded lectures and attending 32 hours of studio classes. You should be able to complete many of the graded activities during studio class time. However, some projects (SARA, health intervention/public health campaign, and the self-assessments) will require extra time outside of class. How much time is difficult to estimate, but about 40 hours total seems reasonable. This means you will need to invest about 7 hours/week throughout the semester. This might seem like a lot, but it is less than the 9 hours per week expected from the Utah System of Higher Education. Plus, you will learn things that may help you live a longer, happier life!