Using the internet to teach politics: an analysis of student engagement

Jester, Natalie ORCID: 0000-0002-7995-3028 (2020) Using the internet to teach politics: an analysis of student engagement. Political Studies Association website.

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Within pedagogic research on the teaching of politics, comparatively little attention has been paid to internet-based tools (Hamann et al. 2016). This article focuses on student use of custom-designed, supplementary websites for university-level politics units in the UK, featuring links to material in nontraditional formats (e.g. YouTube videos, podcasts, news articles). Achieving approximately 5,000 pageviews in three years – dropping off almost entirely once no longer employed for teaching – this article argues that these are an interesting way of exploring student use of web-based teaching tools. The article begins with the rationale and design of the websites before presenting some of the viewing statistics provided by Blogger, which form the basis of this article. I explore these statistics arguing that politics students: are engaged learners; value non-subject specific information e.g. study skills and mental health resources; and seem especially interested in gender and democracy.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
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Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Nat Jester
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2021 15:45
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:24

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