Tools to facilitate learning
We no textbook, but rather rely on readings and exercises to facilitate learning.
This class has no required textbook. For some of you that may be a reason for cheering! For others that may be scary, as textbooks used in most classes and it may feel unusual to take a class without a “safety net” that a textbook provides (somewhere all the “right” answers can be found in one place). If you are one of those people who like textbooks, there are many good ones available – I can even lend you some of mine. However, I do not see textbooks as necessary for success in this course, as I believe that there are many ways to learn.
We are covering some well-established theories and also some emergent topics. In addition to a text book (that you can buy or borrow) and the materials on the website, there is a whole world of information out there at your fingertips that you can utilize to clarify and/or supplement class materials. Feel free to bring those resources with you to class and enhance our class discussions. I encourage you to disagree with me, bring in fact based evidence or data that contradicts or extends my perspective. I clearly can’t read all the articles in the world, and I am happy to be wrong.
When it comes to tests, I will not test you on material that is not discussed in class, in the readings, in the slides and exercises.
We will read a number of articles that relate to the topics in each class. Links to the articles are found on the course schedule.
Many of the classes will involve exercises. Those will be handed out in class.