Welcome back to a new semester!

This is the time of year for most of us to be kicking off a new semester.  We had an exciting 2012, with the official launch of the OPOSSEM website and more behind-the-scenes efforts to get our textbook project off the ground, and are looking forward to a great year to come with initiatives promoting better methods instruction around the world at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels.

To kick things off, here are a few pointers to upcoming events that you may be interested in:

  • The 2013 APSA Conference on Teaching and Learning in Long Beach, California (February 8-10), is the political science discipline's forum for improving instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  As always, the Teaching Research Methods track promises to be a lively forum for the exchange of ideas and presenting innovative, effective approaches, using a working group model rather than the traditional panel-based approach.  OPOSSEMer and TLC veteran Mitchell Brown will be moderating this year's methods track, and while it's too late to submit a proposal, registration remains open through February 1.  TLC is one of my favorite conferences in the discipline, and this year's promises to be another great one.
  • We're looking forward to introducing OPOSSEM and quantitative approaches to studying politics to teachers at the middle school & high school levels (grades 6-12) at this year's Midwest Political Science Association conference in Chicago (April 11-15).  As always, the other MPSA panels on teaching political science may also be of interest.
  • Finally, most of you should have probably already seen the January 2013 newsletter, posted last week by Michelle; if you haven't already read it, there's lots of information about how to get involved in OPOSSEM this year.

And, if you've got some new class materials to share, please don't hesitate to post them in our Instructional Materials section—and by all means, take advantage of the resources others have already posted; that's what they're there for.

Here's to a productive new year!

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