Here are some fun ideas I came up with for a social psychology class (with help from various sources, particularly conference presenters). While these are specific to my social psychology course, they could be easily adapted for other course content:
Social Psychology and Law
Develop a graphic organizer to explain social psychological research that is relevant to current state legislation that includes:
*This one came from a NITOP speaker from 2020?? If anyone remembers, let me know so I can give proper credit*
Create a Story
Create a children's book or a comic book depicting real life issues related to social psychology. It should include:
Write a Chapter
Write your own open-source chapter for a social psychology textbook that describes social psychological research conducted with underrepresented groups.
Social Media Campaign
Design (and implement...if you want) a social media campaign that seeks to inform people about real world issues and the underlying social psychological principles including:
In addition to these ideas, I told students that they could come up with their own ideas, and that a project could be presented in non-written formats such as infographics, podcasts, films, etc. Students were also allowed to choose to work in groups or alone.
I would recommend coming up with a general rubric that could be applied to any project type, or specific rubrics for any choices you provide. I had students come up with their own proposal of how points should be allocated based on the guidelines provided as well as elements such as accuracy of information, creativity, and individual vs. group contributions. This worked out okay for my small group of students (20) but would be more difficult with a group that was larger unless they chose to work in groups.
For more thoughts about engaging assignments, check out Jenel Cavazos' post from 2020 with some considerations and additional ideas.
Written by Ciara Kidder