Roundtable: IPSA MOOCs: A New Frontier for Online Education

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Prof. Mauro Calise 

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are considered a «disruptive innovation» in the academic world, offering great opportunities to improve teaching and learning methods as well as a new environment for cooperative efforts to spread knowledge around the world. Many among the most authoritative US and European universities are investing a significant amount of financial and organizational resources to take up the new weblearning challenge. The International Political Science Association is launching a pilot set of PS courses in cooperation with Federica Weblearning (, the Center of the University of Naples Federico II, with an established record of 300 e-learning courses. The IPSAMOOCs program, scheduled to go online for the IPSA 24th Congress, will benefit from previous Ipsa projects, such as Ipsaportal (, the official publication dedicated to the retrieval and evaluation of web sources for Political Science.
This panel will discuss the weblearning model used for IPSAMOOCs and present the first set of course, ranging from Research Designs and Methods to Comparative Political Systems. Each course will follow a common format to enhance user experience across different PS subdisciplinary areas. Special attention will be devoted to the integration of traditional video and audio material with an intensive use of websources. With an innovative interface, the portal will offer interactive classes to students with no geographical constraints. The platform will also include a tool to analyze data from students' online activities.

Prof. Mauro Calise
Prof. Ilter Turan
Prof. Yves Schemeil
Prof. Werner J. Patzelt
Ms. Andrea Cestaro

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