Using creative artifacts to teach scientific communication to psychology students

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KatieAnn Skogsberg
Beth Ann Rice


The pandemic of 2020 forced many instructors to reevaluate their teaching and assessment practices. Assignments and assessments designed for face-to-face classes were quickly adapted to go online. Faculty-to-student relationships built through classroom interactions were transformed by the mediation of online platforms. At the time, the co-authors of this article were teaching different psychology courses at different institutions. However, we had similar concerns about the validity of our assessments in an unmonitored online environment and about maintaining personal connections with our students. We used the summer of 2020 to reimagine how our courses could be adapted to this new environment while satisfying specific learning goals, including demonstrating the ability to apply content knowledge and communicating scientific information through writing. To meet these challenges, we implemented a variation on authentic assessments. We replaced our exams with an assignment where students created artifacts of various forms to demonstrate what they had learned and how it connected to their future careers, personal interests, or real-world problems. They also had to include a written description for a non-expert audience to demonstrate their ability to explain their artifacts. This manuscript presents our rationale, requirements, assignments, grading rubrics, student feedback, and reflections on our experiences.

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Skogsberg, K., & Rice, B. A. (2023). Using creative artifacts to teach scientific communication to psychology students . Prompt: A Journal of Academic Writing Assignments, 7(2).
Author Biographies

KatieAnn Skogsberg, Centre College

Associate Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience

Beth Ann Rice, Slippery Rock University

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology