Register to attend OPOSSEM short course at APSA 2011, Seattle


If you teach undergraduate or graduate research methods, please considerjoining us in Seattle for an APSA short course Wednesday, August 31, 1pm-4pm for an introduction to OPOSSEM, the Online Portal for Social Science Educationin Methodology.

OPOSSEM is an online portal to facilitate sharing of various resources forteaching social science research methods (particularly statistical methods) among educators in secondary, undergraduate, and postgraduate settings. At present, only limited educational material is freely available to serve the needs of basic research methods courses in the social sciences, particularly political science. The creation of problem sets and lecture notes is time-intensive, and methods courses requiring such preparation are becoming more widespread across all types of institutions.

The OPOSSEM project seeks to reduce these start-up costs and enhance methodsinstruction by providing an online space in which instructors can share materials and information. Community members are able to post to the discussion forum, share teaching materials (syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, or working papers on teaching research methods), suggest external resources (online data source, resources for students or instructors, or published research on teaching research methods), or rate community content. The site is moderated, does not allow anonymous postings, and contributions are limited to individuals involved in teaching social science methods, though anyone can access the material on the site.

The site also has in development a series of wiki-based chapters forundergraduate methods and introductions to special topics in graduate methods. The short course will: 1) provide a hands-on introduction to the site, including the creation of member profiles, uploading materials, searching for resources and accessing the text wiki; 2) seek feedback from participants on site usability. future feature development; and identification of targeted areas future content development.

The project is supported by an NSF grant (Award #0968723); and is made possibleby  development support from the ICPSR and hosting by the Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship at McMaster University Libraries.

Registration through APSA is required to attend short courses. There is no feefor this course. To register for the course, login to MyAPSA and choose “Register for a short course” from the box on the right labeled “2011 Annual APSA Meeting.” Any questions about OPOSSEM or the workshop can bedirected to Michelle Dion ( or Phil Schrodt (, thru August 20).

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