Virtual Class Instructions for Thursday, September 22, 2011


If you are interested in the topic of Sport Psychology, obviously one of the best things you can do is attend a conference on the topic – all the latest ideas, newest research and top names in the field!

I have planned a series of learning activities centered around the conference, which will take approximately the same amount of time as an actual class – so one hour and twenty minutes.

This might also be a good time to remind you that the expectation for out of class preparation and homework at Smith College (check the Bulletin and Faculty code) is two hours per credit – so in a 4-credit class like ours that is about 8 hours a week (averaged over the semester of course).  I plan very carefully so that the “average” student will not exceed this limit in my class – please let me know (you will need to track this) if the amount of work exceeds this.

Your learning activities will not be graded, but you must “attend” the virtual class (i.e., complete all the activities) and be prepared to show that you have completed all activities (i.e., you may be asked to show me your Twitter account, show me your comments on YouTube video, etc.).

The Virtual class starts on Wed. morning and finishes on Sunday.  The primary communication method is Twitter – instructions will be sent out via a Tweet – so you will need to check your Twitter account every 2-3 hours.  I have decided not to proceed with the Skype option, as it is a little complicated.  Here is a summary of what you need to do.  If you are uncertain of any procedures, you can Google or watch a YouTube video on the topic as these are “commonly” accepted  tools.

  1. Open a Twitter account and follow me:  @squashscience.
  2. Every 2-3 hours do a search on your Twitter account using “#aasp2011” to find out what other conference participants are Tweeting about.
  3. Visit the AASP Conference page and download the Conference program. Read the topics of the presentations including the poster sessions. Choose and send out 3 Tweets with your top three presentations (e.g., “great talk on psych of eating disorders, Th. @ 2:00).
  4. Visit the AASP Resource Center, reading the sections for Athletes and Coaches.
  5. Every time I post a video to YouTube – leave a short comment.

That’s it – I’ll be starting Tweeting tomorrow at about 3:00 pm your time (6-hour time difference).


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