From's Kate's 1001 blog:
Pick one of the following topics and write ~250 words about it. Feel free to add images, videos or links. Actually, let me make that stronger. We prefer images, videos and links are almost a necessity.
1) Identify one important concept, research finding, theory or idea from Psy 1001 lectures or the Lilienfeld text from the past two weeks. Summarize the concept in your own words and explain why you believe this concept research finding, theory or idea is important. Apply this to some aspect of your life (real life example are an excellent way to learn. Photos, You-tube videos, etc. are encouraged.) As you reflect on this concept, research finding, theory or other idea, what other questions occur to you? What are you still wondering about?
2) Provide a link to an article, hoax or claim that has been made in the media and evaluate the claim using one or more of the six principles of critical thinking. (You can find a rich source of urban legends at Snopes.com.)
Apply a concept, research finding, theory or idea that you have learned about in Psychology to provide an alternative explanation. Which principle is most useful for evaluating this particular claim? Remember to cite your sources.
3) If you can think of a different explanation or want to support something one of your classmates has posted, you can respond to a classmates post with a post of your own. Be sure to provide evidence to support your response.
For this first writing assignment, our primary goal is to get you online and writing.
I'd like to add a 4th option (you can pick and choose from the questions listed under #4):
4) What area of psychology interests you most and why? What are you looking forward to learning from this class? Is there anything that you've learned so far that has surprised you? Any pressing psychological questions that you'd like addressed in class? Be sure to link your answers to your life experiences, but try not to be too personal because this blog is public!
The due date for post 1 has been extended -- you now have until 11:59 pm on October 2nd to post, but try not to procrastinate and get this done! Please apply the tag "blog 1" to your post so I can easily sort through the entries to grade them. Good luck!