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IDPP/COTELCO Participates in & Offers Remote Participation for TLC

apsa logo (photo)The Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) and COTELCO, participated in the American Political Science Association’s 10th Conference on Teaching and Learning (#TLC13) held 8-10 February 2013 in Long Beach, California. The annual conference attracts leading researchers and professors in the political science field, and provides a unique setting in which attendees can share best practices, present cutting-edge techniques and methodologies, and discuss innovative learning models for use in the political science classroom.

This is the fourth consecutive year that COTELCO offered virtual participation for this prestigious event. During the conference, IDPP/COTELCO Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn moderated the Integrating Technology in the Classroom mini-track, which he has moderated since 2010. The three-day mini-track explored an array of subjects, including the use of social media in the political science classroom and the use of wireless internet technology to enhance in-classroom learning.

Dr. Cogburn and IDPP/COTELCO played an important role in providing virtual participation for several tracks of the conference, including the Pre-Conference Workshop on Simulations and Games; all of the conference’s plenary sessions; the Teaching and Learning at Community College mini-track; the Curricular and Program Assessment mini-track; and the aforementioned Integrating Technology in the Classroom mini-track.

Last year’s conference “Teaching Political Science: Relevance in a Changing World” attracted over 300 participants from academic institutions across the nation and abroad to Washington, DC. In addition to COTELCO/IDPP providing virtual participation for many sessions, Dr. Cogburn was invited to serve on the conference’s Program Committee for the second year in a row. Dr. Cogburn also moderated the first pre-conference workshop in the conference’s history “Accessible Cyberlearning in Political Science: The Basics and Beyond”, which was conducted by an IDPP/COTELCO delegation of faculty and staff.

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The conference agenda is provided below. 

Pre-Conference Short Course on Simulations and Games

Friday, Feb. 8 8:30 AM-12:30 PM

Organizers: Victor Asal, University at Albany; Nina Kollars, Saint John’s University; Chad Raymond, Salve Regina University; Amanda Rosen, Webster University; Simon Usherwood, University of Surrey


Teaching and Learning at Community College


Tressa E. Tabares, American River College


Session A: Political Science Curriculum as General Education

Friday, Feb. 8 2:30 PM-3:30 PM

(Not confirmed) Where’s the Political Science: Examining the Level of Actual Political Science Research Cited in Introduction to American Government Textbooks

Bryan T. Calvin, Tarrant County College

(Not confirmed) The Integration of Political Science Courses into the Curriculum of Community Colleges

Daniel T. Kirsch, Valley Forge Military College, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Session B: Open Session

Friday, Feb. 8 5:15 PM-6:45 PM


Session C: Building Students' Skills and Fostering Student Success

Saturday, Feb. 9 8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Student Use of the Supplemental Instruction Program – A Survey of Students in an Introductory American Politics Course

Emily M. Neal, St. Louis Community College-Meramec

MOOCs and Community College Distance Education

Nancy L. Bednar, Antelope Valley College

Content or Communication?: Reflections about Writing in Political Science

Heather N. Pool, University of Washington

Allison Rank, University of Washington


Session D: Open Session

Saturday, Feb. 9 10:15 AM-11:45 AM


Session E: Ideas and Activities to Engage Students in the Classroom

Saturday, Feb. 9 1:45 PM-3:15 PM

Pinning Down the Constitution:An Interactive Way to Teach Congress’s Power, Federalism, and Constitutional

Ryan Emenaker, College of The Redwoods

Teaching Comparative Politics: Finding the Red Thread

Thomas S. Kolasa, Troy University

Satire in Springfield: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Simpsons as a Pedagogical Tool

Amy Widestrom, Arcadia University


Session F: Encouraging Political Awareness and Civic Engagement Outside the Classroom

Saturday, Feb. 9 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Civic Engagement and Practical Learning from UC to JC

David Selby, University of California, San Diego

Building Faculty/Staff Learning Partnerships to Enhance Student Civic Engagement: Lessons Learned from the 2012 Election Season

John P. Forren, Miami University

Sarah E. Woiteshek, Miami University Hamilton


Session G: Wrap-Up

Sunday, Feb. 10 8:00 AM-9:30 AM


Curricular Program Assessment


Candace C. Young, Truman State University


Session A: Course-Level Curricular Choices and Assessment

Friday, Feb. 8 2:30 PM-3:30 PM

Assessment in Action: The Evolution of an Undergraduate Qualitative Research Methods Course

Melinda A. Mueller, Eastern Illinois University

Lilian A. Barria, Eastern Illinois University  

Richard A. Wandling, Eastern Illinois University 

The Assessment of General Education Learning Outcomes in US Government

Alvin C. Quackenbush, Valencia Community College 


Session B: Involvment of Peers in Curriculum and Assessment

Friday, Feb. 8 5:15 PM-6:45 PM

Does Peer Instruction Pedagogy Improve Student Learning Outcomes? Evidence from a Large Enrollment Political Science Course

Maureen C. Feeley, University of California, San Diego 

Bridging the Expert-Novice Divide in the Political Science Classroom

Jeffrey L. Bernstein, Eastern Michigan University  

Assessing the Political Science Undergraduate Degree: A Review of International Course and Non-Course Content

Ann Marie Mezzell, Lincoln University 

Facilitated Study Groups as a Learning Tool in the Core Curriculum: Design, Deployment, and Assessment in the University of California, Irvine’s Introduction to Criminology, Law & Society Course

Donna Schuele, University of California-Irvine

Patricia Goforth, University of California, Irvine 


Session C: Open Session

Saturday, Feb. 9 8:30 AM-10:00 AM


Session D: Non-traditional Classroom Curriculum and Assessment

Saturday, Feb. 9 10:15 AM-11:45 AM

He Said, She Said: Tracking Gender Differences in Online Academic Discussions

Renee B. Van Vechten, University of Redlands

Class Level Analysis from the Final Study

Susan J. Martin, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Assessing Simulations: Including Third Party Stakeholders

Bobbi Gentry, Millikin University


Session E: Open Session

Saturday, Feb. 9 1:45 PM-3:15 PM


Session F: Program Level Curriculum and Assessment

Saturday, Feb. 9 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Is Political Science Academically Adrift? Initial Findings in Designing New Departmental Assessment Tools to Assess Student Learning Outcomes

Bryan S. McQuide, Grand View College

Intersectionality, Reflexivity, and Assessment

Candice D. Ortbals, Pepperdine University

Title: P.S. Majors to J.D. Jobs — How Can We Help You? Assessing the Future of the Political Science Curriculum vis-à-vis the Future of Legal Education as Impacted by the Recession and Technology

Gregory R. Bordelon, Monmouth University

Program Assessment

Candace C. Young, Truman State University 


Session G: Student Learning, Curriculum, Assessment, and the Future of the Academy

Sunday, Feb. 10 8:00 AM-9:30 AM

Changing Markets, Changing Providers: Responding to the Changing Nature of Higher Education in England

Jacqueline Ellen Briggs, University of Lincoln

Lisa Harrison, University of the West of England


Integrating Technology in the Classroom


Derrick L. Cogburn, American University-SIS, Institute on Disability and Public Policy


Session A: Using In-Class Wireless Technology

Friday, Feb. 8 2:30 PM-3:30 PM

Interactivity in the Large Classroom: Evaluating How Clickers can Create a Seminar Experience for 300 Students

Craig Leonard Brians, Virginia Tech

Victoria Dounoucos, Virginia Tech

Classroom Wireless Technology: Potential Unanticipated Consequences

Stanley M. Caress, University of West Georgia


Session B: Games and Simulations

Friday, Feb. 8 5:15 PM-6:45 PM

Using Computer Games to Construct Dynamic Governance Simulations

Matthew Woessner, Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg

Using an Online Simulation of Supreme Court Decision Making in Large Classes

John B. Gates, University of California, Davis


Session C: Open Session

Saturday, Feb. 9 8:30 AM-10:00 AM


Session D: Social Media

Saturday, Feb. 9 10:15 AM-11:45 AM

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Using Twitter for Teaching Politics and International Relations

Alasdair Blair, De Montfort University

Social Networks as Teaching Tools

Roberto Farneti, Free University of Bozen/Bolzano

How Do Student Blogs Compare to Short Research Assignments in Achieving Some Traditional Teaching Goals?

Holley E. Hansen, University of Puget Sound

Using Online Facebook Study Groups as a Pedagogical Tool for Political Science Courses

Mario Guerrero, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Alisa Rod, University of California, Santa Barbara


Session E: Using Technology to teach International Relations

Saturday, Feb. 9 1:45 PM-3:15 PM

LSA-Based Feedback for Assessing Student Learning in IT-enabled IR courses

Dmytro Roman Kulchitsky, American University of Kuwait

(Not confirmed) Building Information-Based Society: E-Government Educational Programs and New Methods of Civic Engagement in Kazakhstan

Maxat Kassen, University of Illinois, Chicago


Session F: Open Session

Saturday, Feb. 9 3:30 PM-5:00 PM


Session G: Enhancing the Lecture through Technology

Sunday, Feb. 10 8:00 AM-9:30 AM

A Crutch or an Enhancement? Teaching and Learning Political Science with PowerPoint Presentations

Alla Manukyan

Using Vidcasts as Assignment Advice Tools for Students and Lecturers

Andrew Russell, University of Manchester