Using Educational Technology to Promote Peace, Social Justice, and Sustainable Living

By: Scott Plous  

Action teaching is an instructional practice that contributes to peace, social justice, and sustainable living at the same time that it educates students. In this presentation, I describe several action teaching assignments that I gave to students in a Social Psychology MOOC (massive open online course), including a "Day of Compassion" assignment in which thousands of students around the world spent 24 hours living as compassionately as possible, submitted an essay analyzing the experience, and provided each other with peer feedback. Preliminary results suggest that MOOCs offer a cost-effective way to deliver high-impact learning opportunities on a large scale, and that online instructional technologies can deliver these opportunities to people who may otherwise have limited access to higher education.

MOOC, Psychology, Action Teaching, Technology
Ubiquitous Learning
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Scott Plous

Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Wesleyan University, United States
CT, United States

Scott Plous is Professor of Psychology at Wesleyan University and Founding Executive Director of Social Psychology Network (, an online community and suite of interactive websites that have collectively received more than 350 million page views. Professor Plous is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science, and recipient of several national teaching and research awards, including the William James Book Award for his book The Psychology of Judgmen and Decision Making. In 2013 and 2014, his online Social Psychology class became the world's most heavily enrolled synchronous course, with more than 700,000 student registrations from over 200 countries.