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Thursday, February 23, 2012

The 2012 Election as a Teachable Moment

Here are some thoughts on how to use social media and other Internet resources to engage students in the 2012 election and American politics more generally.

Uses for class blogs:
  • To post questions or comments about the readings before we discuss them in class;
  • To follow up on class discussions with additional comments or questions.
  • To post relevant news items or videos.
Examples from Introductory American Politics (Honors), fall 2011:

Congress Class and Congress Simulation 

Presidential Elections

Public Opinion and Political Ideology

Campaign Finance

Video and Primary Sources