Official launch of the Online Portal for Social Science Education in Methods (OPOSSEM).
OPOSSEM is an online portal to facilitate the sharing of various resources for teaching social science research methods among educators in secondary, undergraduate, and postgraduate settings. The vision for the OPOSSEM Portal was a result of ongoing discussions at multiple APSA TLC conferences and the recommendations of the Undergraduate and Graduate Methods Committee of the Society for Political Methodology. The development of the portal was supported by grant funding from the National Science Foundation and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council. The portal is designed to be a one stop shop of pedagogical resources for those teaching research methods including lecture slides, problem sets, datasets, syllabi, and in-class activities that are ready to be downloaded, customized if desired, and used in the classroom. It is also designed to be a community of members that can answer questions, discuss ideas, post resources and share pedagogical or technological innovations to improve teaching outcomes or simply make the task of teaching research methods slightly less daunting. Everything in the portal is free and made available through creative commons licenses.
We encourage you to visit and explore the portal. Specifically, you should check out the instruction materials available at http://opossem.org/instructional-materials to find resources that might be useful for your own classes or to find areas where you could contribute original content for the community. We also encourage you to utilize the discussion forums for all of your methods questions or ideas that relate specifically to teaching research methods. Thinking about using a new stat platform or textbook next year and want to find out about others’ experiences in doing the same? Start a new discussion thread here http://opossem.org/forum.
We hope you will join and find useful our community of collaboration. The project team includes Shane Nordyke (firstname.lastname@example.org), Jan Box-Steffensmeier(email@example.com), Michelle Dion (firstname.lastname@example.org), Bill Jacoby (email@example.com), and Phil Schrodt (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have any questions or would like further information you can also contact Shane Nordyke at Shane.Nordyke@usd.edu.
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