Are your students learning? Are your teaching innovations making a difference? Research on teaching and learning can improve student learning, help instructors become better teachers, and aid departments and universities (Hutchings, Huber, & Ciccone, 2011).
Focusing on what is going on in your classroom, going beyond content delivery to evaluate learning processes, can yield rich dividends. For example, Introductory Psychology is taken by over a million students in North America every year. What is the best way to teach the course? What are the best ways to help students learn the material?
The Hub for Introductory Psychology & Pedagogical Research (HIPPR) provides:
– A central clearinghouse for research on Intro Psych in particular as well as pedagogical research in general,
– Collaborators to conduct research,
– Faculty willing to open their classes to SoTL to increase research sample sizes,
– Scales for use in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), and
– Research designs to conduct translational research (lab based best practices modified for classroom use).
As a non-profit entity, HIPPR is supported by research grants and the contributions of individual donors. Housed at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, HIPPR will offer small research grants to catalyze research and cover costs for student research assistants (Coming Fall 2017). Start-up funding was provided by the Association for Psychological Science Teaching Grants.
HIPPR is maintained by Regan A. R. Gurung, Ph.D., aided by the HIPPR Advisory Board.