Putting Concept Practices Into Practice

Created by Morgan Ratner Employee on Mar 9, 2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017 at https://macmillanhighered.webex.com/macmillanhighered/onstage/g.php?MTID=ea3f143217046be29b14971b4b4961fb3

Starts at 3:30 PM · Ends at 4:30 PM, EST (America/New_York)

  • Morgan Ratner
  • Cherri Brown
  • Chris Meshanko

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Thomas Ludwig





Putting Concept Practice Into Practice: A Pioneer in Teaching with Technology Introduces a Remarkable Interactive Feature for Introductory Psychology


For nearly three decades, award-winning multimedia author Tom Ludwig has helped define the cutting edge of teaching psychology through interactive technology. Now you can learn about one of Ludwig's most popular and effective offerings from the best host possible—the author himself.


Each Concept Practice is a brief (five minute) activity focusing on one or two essential ideas. In this session, Tom Ludwig walks you through the feature's consistent structure (Review, Practice, Quiz, Conclusion) and provides helpful tips for using Concept Practice in lectures, as homework or a source for projects, and as a review guide.


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Thomas Ludwig is interested in research on hemisphere differences in the brain, advocacy for older adults, and integrating technology into teaching. In the 1980s and 1990s, Tom Ludwig studied how the two hemispheres process and share information about letters, words, and simple spatial patterns. This past year Tom and his students conducted four experiments on hemisphere differences in recognizing and producing facial expressions of emotion. Tom also continues to make presentations to churches and community groups on various aspects of aging, including age discrimination, memory and aging, and searching for meaning in the aging process. In 1984, Tom began work on PsychSim, a set of instructional activities for introductory psychology. In 2005, PsychSim 5 was released, boosting the number of activities from 19 to 42, and making much heavier use of animations and video clips. Tom has also produced PsychQuest (a set of in-depth activities related to the psychology of college life), PsychOnline (a complete set of materials for distance education), PsychInquiry (a set of activities focused on critical thinking and research methodology), and has collaborated with four other professors to produce Exploring Human Development (a set of video-based observational activities for developmental psychology) and with a dozen professors to produce ActivePsych (a set of interactive demonstrations for classroom use). Tom's most recent project is Concepts in Action, a set of 109 instructional activities embedded within a comprehensive psychology resource called LaunchPad. The range of computer-based activities that Tom has developed over the past two decades was a key factory in the decision by the American Psychological Foundation to name him as the 2005 recipient of the Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award.