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Playing Politics: Using Games to Help Students Prepare for Final Assessments

June 16, 2021

The Challenge

We have all stared into it: the black boxes of indifference as we lecture on the past and present lessons of political science. Virtual teaching and learning can be tedious and dry at times. Even when the subject …

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Teaching Sensitive Content in a Remote Environment

August 21, 2020

Dimitar Gueorguiev, Syracuse University; Xiaobo Lü, University of Texas at Austin; Kerry Ratigan, Amherst College; Meg Rithmire, Harvard University; Rory Truex, Princeton University

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Creating Online Classroom Community in a Divisive Political Climate

August 12, 2020

Julie L. Mueller, Ph.D., Southern Maine Community College

Eric Loepp, Ph.D.,University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Jane E. Frisch, M.S., Clinical and Counseling Psychology

As institutions of higher education struggle to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, professors are considering how …

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Using Virtual Gallery Walks to Build Community in Online Classes

August 6, 2020

Charity Butcher, Professor of Political Science, Kennesaw State University

Building community within the classroom is always important for enhanced student learning. It helps students feel more comfortable expressing themselves and sharing their views and it encourages students to reach …

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Avoiding the Scramble – Setting up your fall classes for a last-minute online transition without the headache

August 4, 2020

Malliga Och, Assistant Professor of Global Studies, Idaho State University

Lydia Wilkes, Assistant Professor of English, Idaho State University

This spring is still marked in the memory of many faculty who scrambled to move their face to face …

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Building Community Online

August 4, 2020

Danielle Hanley, Lecturer, Rutgers University

As I look back on Spring 2020, and forward towards the fall, I worry about building and sustaining community in our online classroom. In the scramble to retool my courses to fit the emergency …

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Communicating to Build Rapport with Online Students

August 4, 2020

Rebecca A. Glazier, political science professor in the School of Public Affairs, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Teaching and learning online is hard. There is an inherent distance to the medium that makes it difficult to connect and …

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Why Political Scientists Should Embrace Multi-Method Grading

August 4, 2020

Stefan Kehlenbach, PhD candidate, University of California, Riverside.

As political scientists, we are trained to understand and utilize a wide range of methodologies in our own personal research. In both our graduate training and in our work at large, …

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Pandemic Education: What incoming first-years want from professors

August 3, 2020

James M. Quirk and James P. Quirk

As high school staggered to its quarantined, online ending, a university professor and high school senior asked the Class of 2020 what they wanted if their first year of college begins online

Nearly …

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The Knowledge We Have Lost

June 22, 2020

Ajay Verghese, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside

Each summer, political scientists begin thinking about putting together their syllabi for the upcoming academic year. One thing most of us strive to do is update …

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