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IDPP's Pre-Conference Workshop at 2012 APSA TLC

APSA logoThe Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) and COTELCO played an integral role in this year’s American Political Science Association (APSA)'s Teaching and Learning Conference (TLC) by hosting the pre-conference workshop “Accessible Cyberlearning in Political Science: The Basics and Beyond” on 17 February from 8:30am-12:30pm (U.S. Eastern Standard Time) led by IDPP/COTELCO Executive Director Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, as well as hosting virtual participation in several tracks throughout the conference. The conference was held 17–19 February 2012 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Cogburn opened the workshop with the presentation “Towards an Integrated Model for Accessible Global Cyberlearning: A Case Study of the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP).” Other presenters at this pre-conference workshop included Dr. Marilyn Arnone, Research Associate Professor at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies; Dr. Jennifer Ellis, Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; Dr. Nanette Levinson, Associate Professor at American University’s School of International Service; Dr. Alan Foley, Associate Professor of Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation at Syracuse University’s School of Education; Mr. Clyde White, Jr., COTELCO/IDPP Director of Technology; and Ms. Erica Seng, IDPP Program Coordinator for Education and Collaborative Research.

Dr. Arnone also co-chairs the Evaluation Committee for the IDPP and serves as COTELCO Associate Director; Dr. Ellis and Dr. Levinson serve as faculty members of the CIDP Master’s program and COTELCO Faculty Associates; and Dr. Foley serves as a COTELCO Faculty Associate.

The 2012 ASPA TLC theme was "Teaching Political Science: Relevance in a Changing World." The purpose of this unique event was to promote greater understanding of the latest techniques and methods for teaching in a political science classroom. At the forefront of technological innovation, COTELCO has delivered remote participation not only in classrooms and numerous seminars around the world for over 13 years, but also at the TLC conference for the past four years, including the 2012 conference.

Accessible remote participation was available for the following:

“Accessible Cyberlearning in Political Science: The Basics and Beyond”
Pre-Conference Workshop

This pre-conference workshop led by IDPP/COTELCO introduced participants to basic theories and practices that inform the planning and implementation of accessible cyberlearning. Participants were informed about Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and gained knowledge of the wide range of synchronous and asynchronous technologies and pedagogies that enhance accessible and effective cyberlearning.

Join “The Basics and Beyond” on 17 February from 8:30am-12:30pm (U.S. EST)

Opening, Keynote, and Closing Sessions

The Opening, Keynote, and Closing sessions brought together a broad array of experts and insights. The opening session featured welcoming remarks from APSA President G. Bingham Powell, Michael Brintnall, and Kimberly Mealy. The Pi Sigma Alpha Keynote Address was made by Kathleen Hall Jamieson from the University of Pennsylvania. She presented “Seeing through the Spin: Equipping Students to be Smart Consumers of Political Information.” Virtual participation was also made possible for the closing ceremony.

Join Opening Session on 17 February from 1-2:15pm (U.S. EST)
Join Keynote Session on 18 February from 6-7pm (U.S. EST)
Join Closing Session on 19 February from 9:45-11am (U.S. EST)

All tracks below were held Friday, 17 February from 2:30pm - 6:15pm; Saturday, 18 February from 8:30am - 4:45pm; and Sunday, 19 February from 8am-9:30am (U.S. EST).

Diversity, Inclusiveness, and Equality Track

This track focused on issues of difference, diversity, and equality as they relate to pedagogical, classroom, departmental, and institution-wide matters. It addressed the opportunities and challenges of technology in the political science curriculum, such as utilizing online teaching, clickers, podcasts, blogs, wikis, video casting, and more.

Join “Diversity, Inclusiveness, and Equality” track

Integrating Technology in the Classroom Track

The use of technology has increasingly permeated the political science classroom. This track addressed the challenges and opportunities of incorporating all forms of technology into the political science curriculum and the classroom. These include, but are not limited to, online teaching, clickers, podcasts, blogs, wikis, video casting, and narrated Power Points.

Join “Integrating Technology into the Classroom” track

Simulations and Role Play: International Relations and Comparative Politics (Track II)

This track tackled the effectiveness of simulations and role-play for both political scientists and students by modeling decision-making processes acted on in the real world. It considered the ways simulations and role-play can expand student learning opportunities in political science, the most effective formats to utilize, and how to measure the effectiveness of these exercises.

Join “Simulations and Role Play” track

In addition to joining remotely, recordings will be made available after the conference.

For key highlights of sessions throughout the conference, follow the IDPP and COTELCO on Twitter and #TLC12.