General Election MOOC goes live
9 March 2015
The contributions of two Democracy and Elections colleagues are featuring in a free online course for students and teachers studying the 2015 General Election.
Prof Jane Green, a Co-director of the British Election Study and Dr Rob Ford, co-author of the award winning Revolt on the Right feature in Leeds University’s Election 2015 for AS Level Politics.
The ‘massive open online course’ or MOOC is aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web.
It is delivered by a range of renowned politics experts, and aims to deepen students’ understanding of the election, as well as acting as an engaging revision tool.
It involves short learning activities spread over three weeks, helping students to review the key elements of the AS level syllabus on British democracy, before applying this learning to the 2015 election.
Sessions include the contemporary British political landscape; voter participation and dissatisfaction; and how parties and leaders campaign and students will be able to apply and test their knowledge in interactive activities and short quizzes.
There will also be opportunities to debate key challenges to the traditional political system, such as the emergence of parties like UKIP and the Greens, and the growing disconnect between voters and politicians.
The last section of the course offers tips on how to watch the campaign, and intelligently read the polls and media commentaries.