Our amazing librarian informed me of a great tool launched by PBS and Microsoft watchingthedebates.org. It allows you to “watch and interact with every debate since 1960.” This is a great resource to help students (and adults) learn how Presidential debates are structured and impact the electorate during an election year.
You can filter debates based on theme, year, or other interests. You can watch the videos sand give feedback! This is a fantastic tool for analyzing political discourse.
Stanford’s robust iTunes U offerings has become even more topical and current with the addition of its Election 2012 course. What makes this particular course unique and innovative is that it includes an online discussion element via its Course Piazza. The course description is as follows:
About Election 2012
This course will focus on the fall election in November 2012. Videos will be posted once per week, with serial examinations of major topics at stake in the election: foreign policy, the economy, the Supreme Court, and campaign strategy. We will also devote one session to California. Distinguished guests will participate in sessions moderated by the instructors, with participation by students.
David Kennedy, Dept. of History
Rob Reich, Dept. of Political Science
Jim Steyer, Commonsense Media
Please note that the post-mortem discussion on the election will be posted on Monday, November 12th.
Code of Conduct
The discussion forum is NOT intended for explicit electioneering or campaigning. You may not use this discussion board, for example, to solicit volunteers for campaign activities, to organize other students to work on behalf of any particular candidate, to ask students to sign petitions, etc.
To participate in Election 2012, you must register to create your Piazza account.
To download the lectures and content of the course, click here.