A Sample Agenda

Details of the agenda will be determined by the Board and Instructors, informed by interests of the participants and advice from expert reviewers. A tentative list of topics is given below:

  1. Overview of Techniques and Issues in On-line Experimentation (Birnbaum, 2001, Chapter 1)
    1. SurveyWiz to create HTML forms (Birnbaum, 2000c; 2001, Chapters 9 and 11).
    2. Editing HTML in NotePad, BBEdit Lite, or SimpleText
    3. FTP with Netscape Navigator, WS FTP LE, or Fetch
    4. Overview of the Web
    5. Overview of on-line resources
    6. FactorWiz for within-Subjects factorial designs (Birnbaum, 2001, Chapter 11)
    7. Excel tricks for data filtering, checking for Multiple Submissions, etc. (Birnbaum, 2001, Chapters 6 and 12).
    8. Suggestions for constructing and maintaining Web sites (Birnbaum, 2001, Chapter 21, Plous, 2000).
  2. Methodological Issues in Online Research (Reips, 2000; 2001; Birnbaum, Chapter 21)
    1. Recruiting techniques and considerations
    2. Drop-outs. Methodology and techniques to reduce drop-out
    3. Timing-Measurement and control thereof
    4. Control and Calibration (what can and can’t yet be done)
    5. Experimenter Effects of browser displays and Input devices
    6. Randomization of orders and assignment to conditions
    7. Procedures for designing, testing, and publicizing a study
    8. Recruitment effects, sample biases, stratified analysis
    9. Web versus Lab studies: tactics for studies of validity and review of results
  3. HyerText Markup Language (HTML) [Birnbaum, Chapters 2-5, 9].
    1. Creating Web pages for recruiting, debriefing, scientific communication
    2. Creating Web pages with Forms that collect data
    3. Two-way communication between the study and the participant
  4. Authorware and related applications for Cognitive Psychology and On-line Instruction (McGraw, Tew, & Williams, 2000)
    1. Basic Instruction and Introduction to Authorware
    2. Illustration of the methods used to measure time, score errors, control time of displays, insert multimedia, create random loops, obtain judgments using numerical and graphical displays.
    3. Packaging (Shocking) the program for Web delivery
    4. How to join the cooperative PsychExps, Virtual Lab at Ole Miss
  5. JavaScript Techniques Useful for Psychology Studies (Intermediate)[Birnbaum, 2001, Chapters 17-19; Baron & Siepmann, 2000; Lange, 1999].
    1. Measuring time
    2. Controlling time
    3. Computing feedback
    4. Presenting dynamic feedback
    5. Passing data and feedback between Forms
    6. Methods for dynamic interaction with the participant
  6. Applications Useful to On-Line Research (introductory).
    1. Excel- tricks useful for sorting, filtering, and statistics [Birnbaum, Chapter 6, 12].
    2. Methods for creating stimuli: PhotoShop, Illustrator, Sound Encoders, iMovie, Macromedia applications, others including new developments.
    3. Programs that can be used to create and edit Web pages.
  7. Introduction to Java Programming (advanced). (Francis, Neath, & Surprenant, 2000; McClelland, 2000)
  8. Server-Side programming, CGI, Perl, and Maintaining a Web Server (Schmidt, MacDonald, & Hoffman, 1997; Francis, Neath, & Surprenant, 2000; Morrow & McKee, 1998; Reips, 2001; Schwarz, 1998; Schwarz & Reips, 2001; Birnbaum, 2001, Chapter 20 and Appendix)

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