ICT Distinguished Lecture Series: The synchronous massive online course (SMOC) and new model of online education

February 25, 2016 | ICT Theater

Speaker: James W. Pennebaker, Social Psychologist and the Centennial Liberal Arts Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin
Host: Stefan Scherer, ICT

Growing out of research on social and personality psychology and computerized text analysis, Pennebaker and his colleague Sam Gosling have developed a live online class that relies on daily testing, small online discussion groups, and a TV talk show format. Based on four classes ranging from 800 to 1500 students, significant gains were seen in performance in the class over previous courses. More striking, students taking the SMOC do better in courses in subsequent semesters and achieve large reductions in the achievement gap.

Pennebaker is the Regents Centennial Professor of Psychology and Executive Director of Project 2021 at the University of Texas at Austin. Author of over 300 publications and 9 books, his work on physical symptoms, expressive writing, and language psychology is among the most cited in psychology and the social sciences. He has received multiple research and teaching awards.
Light refreshments will be served.