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Open Educational Resources and Student Engagement: The Use of In-Class Exercises to Enhance OERs in Introductory Political Science Classes

Open Educational Resources and Student Engagement: The Use of In-Class Exercises to Enhance OERs in Introductory Political Science Classes
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Author(s): Michael A. Lewkowicz (Georgia Gwinnett College, USA), Yohannes Gedamu (Georgia Gwinnett College, USA), Dovile Budryte (Georgia Gwinnett College, USA) and Scott A. Boykin (Georgia Gwinnett College, USA)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 23
Source title: Open Educational Resources (OER) Pedagogy and Practices
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Molly Y. Zhou (Dalton State College, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1200-5.ch009

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Abstract

Innovative technologies are playing critical roles in higher education teaching, especially in promoting student engagement. In particular, open education resources (OERs) have increasingly shaped teaching practices in a variety of disciplines, including political science. The goal of this chapter is to explore the use of OER materials, combined with in-class activities, in introductory political science classes. The authors begin this chapter with an overview of OER materials, including an online textbook and a database of activities collected by the team. From there, the chapter presents several activities that address voter participation, freedom of speech, and tensions between states' rights and federal authority. The chapter concludes with a discussion of assessment results that measure student performance and attitudes towards OER resources and classroom activities.

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