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About William Ashton

I'm an associate professor in the Behavioral Sciences Department and the Director of the York College Honors Program. I'm a social psychologist and currently my research project is in attribution theory, blame and sexual assault. I teach Social Psych, I/O Psych, Organizational Behavior and Research Methods.

Announcement: Things I say to my BlackBoard students

From the teachable moment to boilerplate. I realized this morning, when responding to a student on Bb, that it might benefit others if I share some of the things I say to my students on Blackboard.  Here it is …. … Continue reading

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Post – Sandy internet

Unfortunately, faculty are as much in the dark about what is going on at York and what will happen as you are. York has been housing evacuees from Queens.  Unlike Manhattan, Queens evacuees’ homes have been damaged and are unlivable, … Continue reading

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Postmortem: Research Wiki project

The extended summer session is over as is the work for two groups of students working on the research wiki project in my summer I/O class. How did they do and how well did the facilitators idea work? Here’s what happened. I had … Continue reading

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Something new this summer … student facilitators

I’m doing my summer online course again – Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Again, I’m having groups of students work online on a written project.  This year it’s a group research wiki on a topic in I/O Psych. For each step of the … Continue reading

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Using group wikis online

Dr Wenying Huang-Stolte, the head of York’s Bb program, invited me to give a talk to the faculty in the summer workshop for new Bb instructors.  I’ve attached a copy of my powerpoint show: Here is a PDF of the … Continue reading

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Research memes

Last semester, I gave my research methods students a new assignment on creating image macros. There were two assignments, one for the chapter on statistics and the other for the chapter on the philosophy of science. For the philosophy of … Continue reading

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The Creepy Treehouse

I originally found this article by Jason Jones on the Creepy Treehouse problem in online courses.    Jared Stein defined the CTE in his blog: creepy treehousesee also creepy treehouse effect n. A place, physical or virtual (e.g. online), built by adults … Continue reading

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Digital Storytelling and FOUNDATIONS OF RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY

I’ve always been jealous of the methods for assignments Michael Smith and the rest of the ds106 group can use.  Those methods seem to fit the topic of storytelling much better than the topic of research methods in Psychology.  I … Continue reading

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Did I say that?

Dealing with losers?!?!?! Yep. Here’s the email I sent to  student who wrote to me upset about how poorly her project group was working together.  The material between  the six hyphens is copied from the project instructions. Comments, criticisms or diatribes from … Continue reading

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More Instructional Technology Themes in this blog — or — a blog on blogs

When I started this blog last month, I thought it would be … things I say to my blackboard students.  However, I’m working on a new class — which is not an online class — which uses other instructional technology. … Continue reading

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