In past course evaluations, my social psychology students consistently reported that they started offering their roommates unsolicited social psychological interpretations of their behaviors and beliefs. I began to wonder if my students’ desire to educate others could be harnessed to help them review course material. I reasoned that elaborating on the material covered in the class would help them learn (Loyens, Rikers, & Schmidt, 2007) and finding a creative outlet for their desire to teach others might preserve some roommate relationships.
In an attempt to encourage students to build on past material, I turned to one of the most well-known Public Service Announcements (PSA): NBC’s The More You Know information campaign. The brief More You Know PSAs teach viewers important information related to such topics as health, education, and the environment. A number of humorous spoofs of NBC’s PSAs have also emerged, such as a series of fake PSAs using cast members from The Office, a popular television show. After spending 5 minutes watching some of the spoofs, my class was ready for the assignment.
Bacon, P. L. (2009, January). The more you know: Reviewing concepts using student-created public service announcements. Poster presented at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, St. Pete Beach, FL.