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Northeastern Faculty Explain U.S. Political System with Free Public Online Educational Tool

For the 2012 presidential election, a team of Northeastern faculty developed an online course module called U.S. Political Conventions & Campaigns, describing the themes and events that have influenced American political history.

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The goal of the nonpartisan project was to inspire citizens about the political process and build an example of an engaging online instructional tool. The team also made online course software for the site freely available to teachers who wish to use the material in their classrooms.

EdD faculty members Shaunna Harrington and Amy Stratman worked with Allison Ruda from Online Programs and Daniel J. Urman from the Doctor of Law and Policy program to design the curriculum and online module.

“With all the buzz about open online courses for university students, this is a rare instance of open online course modules designed specifically with the high school student in mind,” said Harrington. “For those teachers who are interested in online teaching, these open course modules are a chance to dip their toes in the waters of online instruction.”

The site includes candid interviews with more than 20 politicos who explain how politics really work from an insider perspective. It describes historical events and influential players who shaped campaign finance, conventions, the nomination process, and political platforms and policies.

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