"Quo Vadis Active Learning? Innovative Teaching in the Political Science Classroom"


Thursday January 26, 2023
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The Department of Political Studies' Winter 2023 Speaker Series Presents:

Michael Murphy, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow - Queen's University

"Quo Vadis Active Learning?  Innovative Teaching in the Political Science Classroom"

Thursday, January 26, 2023 | 2:30-4:00 PM

Dunning Hall Room 11, 94 University Avenue, Kingston

Light refreshments will be served!

Michael Murphy is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Studies at Queen's University. 

Abstract:  The scholarship of teaching and learning in politics and international relations (SoTL-P&IR) has grown rapidly in the last quarter-century, with new conferences, journals, and book series opening space for pedagogical conversations that are immediately relevant to the fields. Reviews of this body of research indicates that “active learning” is one of the foremost topics under consideration, including simulations and games, debates and discussions, in-person and online collaboration, and small-group activities. “Quo Vadis Active Learning?” presents an analysis of how active learning has grown in political science from League of Nations simulations in Harvard in the 1920s to online collaborations during the COVID-19 pandemic, including results from a systematic review of all SoTL-P&IR articles published from 2000-2019 (forthcoming in International Politics), and shares preliminary findings from a Banting-funded survey on assessment and evaluation in political science education. The presentation further explores emerging topics of interest that will structure disciplinary debates in SoTL-P&IR over the coming years, including experiential learning, equitable and inclusive course design, hybrid or mixed-modality learning, learning spaces, and assessment and evaluation in a post-ChatGPT world.