Instructor: Dr. Leon James, Professor of Psychology

2. Getting Hold of CyberPsychology (click to go below)

1. Developmental patterns for learning the Internet

(a) Select 4 students from any of the generations. Look through their reports in which they discuss their problems and victories.  (To All Prior Student Generations)

(b) Select specific sentences and paragraphs to quote (use COPY/PASTE technique) and make links to the original. These quotes should illustrate a developmental phase in learning that they're going through. Give a title and definition for each phase.

(c) Discuss your overall view of the process of learning the Internet in a cyber-community such as this.  Consult the information about the generational curriculum on this page.  Link to the information you're going to use.  Use copy/paste technique to quote selected sentences that illustrate your point.

(d) As a witness who's going through the process now, what advice would you have for future students or the instructor?  What's different about your generational experience in comparison to what you've had before?

What are Web search engines?

(e) Define and explain to future generations who will be reading you. Use your own words and ideas, so they can look through your perspective.

(f) What's it like to use a Web search engine when you're inexperienced-- describe what happened to you and give a little advice to your readers.

(g) Summarize what prior generations have written about search engines (make links to those reports you discuss directly).  (To All Prior Student Generations)

(h) Select three search engines that are for different purposes or use different approaches.

(Hint: E.g., AltaVista and Lycos are general purpose and all inclusive, and index the entire Page. On the other hand, WebCrawler is also general purpose, but it indexes only titles and URL addresses. Magellan or Yaqui are special purpose collections. Yahoo is a directory organized search engine using only approved categories, unlike the others mentioned which use keywords for searching (i.e., any word on the Page or title). The Electronic Yellow Pages or Whole Earth Catalog are business directories organized by approved fields and often charge a fee for being listed.)  Some of the newest engines search several search engines simultaneously and give you a lot more power (e.g., Dogpile and MetaFind search engines).

Note: Some people put up Pages to explain search engines. They're very helpful. Check it out at: http://www.ne.com.au/~mclifton/InternetEducation/search.html

(i) Select any topic that you're curious about, and search it on the three engines. Keep notes and summarize what happened by comparing the three. (Hint: It's recommended that you repeat your searches several times.)

(j) Discuss what you have learned about (1) search engines, (2) the Web, and (3) your online personality -- that would be worthwhile to share with future generations and researchers (because they're useful to know or entertaining to read about).

_____ I) Add a centered h1 or h2  heading, calling the document:

Developmental patterns for learning the Internet

xxx

Note:  the XXX means you have to make up your own sub-title--something that reflects your approach, style, and theme.  Do this after you finish your report and you know how it turned out!  But don't forget to do it--don't leave the XXX there!!

_____ II) Put this in your HTML [title] field (or use Page Properties command): Gender Differences in Driving by FN/ LN, Gxx/ Year, University of Hawaii

_____ III) Place a Table of Contents at the top of the document with links to all the sub-sections.

_____ Note: Students often forget this item--but it is required: The first item in the Table of Contents MUST be called Instructions for this Report and it must be a live link to this document.  Points will be deducted if you forget this requrement!  Do it now.

_____ IV) Be sure you add a Navigation Table and e-mail button at the bottom of the document.  This is a requirment for all your documents.  Check now now to see if you have on in all your documents.  Do it now!

_____ V) Using your web browser, check your document screen by screen: no screen should be made of just one paragraph (i.e., no paragraph should exceed one screen full--it's too hard to read that way!)  Just look at every screen:  it should not be made up of all text--separate using paragraph breaks.

_____ VI) Spell check your document before uploading!!

_____ VII) Check the visibility of your text: patterned backgrounds are not allowed. Darker colors are not allowed. White bgcolor is always excellent, especially if you vary the font face, color, and size to enhance visibility and emphasis (no blinking text allowed). Remember: your text looks different in different browsers and computers, so you need to experiment and ask others. You may also use graphic enhancers such as color bars, color dots, icons. However, animated icons are a problem if they distract attention from the text. Using the Table tag in html allows easy control over the color of each column and the placement of text on the screen. See this example for how to change the color of fonts. See this student's effective use of varied font faces, colors, and sizes.

_____ VIII) Check the way your document loads after it contains everything. How long does it take? Does text appear on the screen while one waits, or is it blank? Slow loads and blank screens are not allowed, so you must choose graphics that are low in memory size!

2. Getting hold of Cyber-psychology

(a) Search for cyber-psychology sites and documents on the Web. Make links to those you think are the most worthwhile and give a brief description of each. You might like to start your explorations at the Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies or consult a search engine.

(b) Search or Browse prior generation reports on topics similar to what you described in part (a).  Make links to those you think are the most worthwhile and give a brief description of each.

(c) Read the instructor's article on cyber-psychology.  How is it different?  What new topics does he raise?   Link to the article and explain.

(b) Create an FAQ file for people who might be interested in cyber-psychology. Make up the questions, make up the answers. Here are the questions that you need to cover, in one form or another:

What is cyber-psychology?

What are its principles?

Who would be interested in it?

What re its directions and topics?

Who are the people interested in it?

What is virtual reality?

What's the relation between cyberspace and the mind?

What is the spiritual significance of clicking on a link?

The answers should be based on the documents you found (make links to these) and your own understanding (such as it is at this time...).

_____ I) Add a centered h1 or h2  heading, calling the document:

Getting Hold of CyberPsychology

xxx

Note:  the XXX means you have to make up your own sub-title--something that reflects your approach, style, and theme.  Do this after you finish your report and you know how it turned out!  But don't forget to do it--don't leave the XXX there!!

_____ II) Put this in your HTML [title] field (or use Page Properties command): Gender Differences in Driving by FN/ LN, Gxx/ Year, University of Hawaii

_____ III) Place a Table of Contents at the top of the document with links to all the sub-sections.

_____ Note: Students often forget this item--but it is required: The first item in the Table of Contents MUST be called Instructions for this Report and it must be a live link to this document.  Points will be deducted if you forget this requrement!  Do it now.

_____ IV) Be sure you add a Navigation Table and e-mail button at the bottom of the document.  This is a requirment for all your documents.  Check now now to see if you have on in all your documents.  Do it now!

_____ V) Using your web browser, check your document screen by screen: no screen should be made of just one paragraph (i.e., no paragraph should exceed one screen full--it's too hard to read that way!)  Just look at every screen:  it should not be made up of all text--separate using paragraph breaks.

_____ VI) Spell check your document before uploading!!

_____ VII) Check the visibility of your text: patterned backgrounds are not allowed. Darker colors are not allowed. White bgcolor is always excellent, especially if you vary the font face, color, and size to enhance visibility and emphasis (no blinking text allowed). Remember: your text looks different in different browsers and computers, so you need to experiment and ask others. You may also use graphic enhancers such as color bars, color dots, icons. However, animated icons are a problem if they distract attention from the text. Using the Table tag in html allows easy control over the color of each column and the placement of text on the screen. See this example for how to change the color of fonts. See this student's effective use of varied font faces, colors, and sizes.

_____ VIII) Check the way your document loads after it contains everything. How long does it take? Does text appear on the screen while one waits, or is it blank? Slow loads and blank screens are not allowed, so you must choose graphics that are low in memory size!

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