Teaching of Psychology
Introduction: Internet memes are a ubiquitous part of internet culture and a common communication tool among students. Because they are a good medium for expressing ideas and concepts in a concise and fun manner, memes are a potentially valuable tool for teaching and engaging students.
Statement of the Problem: Instructors may not know how to use memes in classroom assignments or activities to support learning objectives.
Literature Review: Students finding or creating their own class-related content is an empirically-supported way to enhance learning. Instructors can enhance learning by using multimedia approaches (pictures/videos in addition to words), which is a good fit for the use of memes. We include examples of ways that memes have already been used in psychology classrooms.
Teaching Implications: Incorporating meme assignments or activities in the classroom could be beneficial.
Conclusion: We describe how students can explain or generate memes that illustrate concepts related to course material. Instructions and supporting information and resources, as well as calls for research into the effectiveness of the use of memes in the classroom, are included.
Original Publication Citation
Kath, L. M., Schmidt, G. B., Islam, S., Jimenez, W. P., & Hartnett, J. L. (2022). Getting psyched about memes in the psychology classroom. Teaching of Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/00986283221085908
Kath, Lisa M.; Schmidt, Gordon B.; Islam, Sayeedul; Jimenez, William P.; and Hartnett, Jessica L., "Getting Psyched About Memes in the Psychology Classroom" (2022). Psychology Faculty Publications. 131.