Friday, March 13, 2009

MIT Open Courseware - Introduction to Psychology

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT undergraduate and graduate course content. All course material is free and open to the public.

The OCW includes an Introduction to Psychology course from 2004 with Professor Jeremy Wolfe. While the site includes MP3 audio files of Professor Wolfe's lectures, lecture notes, required readings, and much more, the most interesting aspect of the site is the previous course midterms and final exams in the Study Materials section. Professor Wolfe has a unique form of assessment with each exam centered around a specific story. For example, the 2000 final exam is based on Harry Potter. For 2001, Professor Wolfe used The Lord of the Rings.

The Study Materials section can be found at http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Brain-and-Cognitive-Sciences/9-00Fall-2004/StudyMaterials/index.htm. To find the course homepage go to http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Brain-and-Cognitive-Sciences/9-00Fall-2004/CourseHome/index.htm

2 comments:

johnL said...

Hello everyone,

I am a high school Spanish teacher who will be giving a half year (semester long) intro to psychology elective class to inner city children. I took a few psychology classes in college but never thought I would be teaching it. Because it will be an elective class, I was wondering if anyone could recommend a short, concise text book. I appreciate any and all suggestions. Thank you so much.

Anonymous said...

Look at Amsco Publishing for their text. It is most likely as manageable as any and is still a solid intro. Beaufort Bill