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MindTap Political Science for American Government and Politics Today: Essentials 2017-2018 Edition 19th Edition

Barbara A. Bardes, Mack C. Shelley, II., Steffen W. Schmidt

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MindTap Political Science for Bardes/Shelley/Schmidt's American Government and Politics Today: Essentials, 2017-2018 Edition, is an online learning solution that combines the full text’s readings, along with multimedia, activities and assessments, and features that keep your course as current as you’d like. Our KnowNow American Government blog is updated 3x a week with current events and associated discussion questions, automatically making MindTap up-to-date with today’s news. Faculty can use MindTap as a turnkey solution or easily customize by adding up to the minute news stories, YouTube videos, RSS feeds, or their own documents directly within it. Students will also appreciate that with MindTap everything is in one place – the eBook, activities, flashcards, quizzes, dictionary, and more – making study time more efficient. They can even have the book read out loud to them via MindTap if they are on the go! Through its assignable, auto-gradable activities written to learning outcomes, students are presented with ample opportunities to check for understanding, while also being encouraged to consider opposing viewpoints. MindTap for Bardes also provides tutorials to help students become better writers, and they will also be prompted to analyze infographics, an all-important skill in building visual literacy. As an instructor using MindTap, you have at your fingertips the right content and unique set of tools curated specifically for your course, all in an interface designed to improve workflow and save time when planning lessons and course structure. The control to build and personalize your course is all yours, focusing on the most relevant material while also lowering costs for your students. Stay connected and informed in your course through real-time student tracking that provides the opportunity to adjust the course as needed based on analytics of interactivity in the course.

Barbara A. Bardes, University of Cincinnati

Barbara A. Bardes is professor emerita of political science at the University of Cincinnati. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Kent State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. She served as a faculty member in political science and dean of Mundelein College at Loyola University of Chicago. In 1993, she was appointed dean of Raymond Walters College of the University of Cincinnati, where she served until 2003. She returned to the political science department where she held the position of graduate director before retiring. Bardes has written articles on public and foreign policy, and women and politics. She also has co-authored Declarations of Independence: Women and Political Power in 19th Century American Novels; Thinking About Public Policy; Public Opinion: Measuring the American Mind; and American Government and Politics Today.

Mack C. Shelley, II., Iowa State University

Mack C. Shelley, II is a professor of political science and statistics at Iowa State University. After receiving his bachelor's degree from American University in Washington, DC, he went on to graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he received a master's degree in economics and a Ph.D. in political science. He arrived at Iowa State in 1979. From 1993 to 2002, he served as elected co-editor of the Policy Studies Journal. Shelley has also published numerous articles, books, and monographs on public policy, including The Permanent Majority: The Conservative Coalition in the United States Congress; Biotechnology And The Research Enterprise: A Guide to the Literature (with William F. Woodman and Brian J. Reichel); American Public Policy: The Contemporary Agenda (with Steven G. Koven and Bert E. Swanson); and Quality Research in Literacy and Science Education: International Perspectives and Gold Standards (with Larry Yore and Brian Hand).

Steffen W. Schmidt, Iowa State University

Steffen W. Schmidt is a professor of political science at Iowa State University. He grew up in Colombia, South America, and has studied in Colombia, Switzerland, and France. He has a B.A. from Rollins College and obtained his Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York, in public law and government. Dr. Schmidt has published 14 books and over 130 articles in scholarly journals and is the recipient of numerous prestigious teaching prizes, including the Amoco Award for Lifetime Career Achievement in Teaching and the Teacher of the Year award. He is a pioneer in the use of web-based and real-time video courses and is a member of the American Political Science Association's section on Computers and Multimedia. He is known as "Dr. Politics" for his extensive commentary on U.S. politics in U.S. and international media. He is a weekly blogger for Gannett, and comments on CNN en Español and Univision, as well as WNYC, New York. Dr. Schmidt is on Facebook (Steffen W Schmidt) and Twitter (DrPolitics).
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1. Research and Writing Tutorials: Questia tutorials that students can use as a resource as they are working on their research and writing assignments. They are divided into three areas: Planning and Developing a Paper, Evaluating Sources, and Avoiding Plagiarism.
2. Take Action Guide is a feature in the book, that is moved into the MindTap, and highlighted. The goal is to make this reading more accessible to students to encourage them to get involved in politics.
3. Parts 1 – 5 of the text and related activities and assessments
4. Primary Source Resources:
a. Appendix A: The Declaration of Independence
b. Appendix B: Annotated Constitution of the United States
c. Appendix C: Federalist Papers Nos. 10, 51, and 78
d. Appendix D: Justices of the United States Supreme Court since 1900
e. Appendix E: Party Control of Congress since 1900
f. Appendix F: Presidents of the United States

1. Watch and Consider… Activator Videos with Quiz: A brief student video introduces the major topics discussed in each chapter. The videos present two sides of an argument giving students a view from two perspectives as it presents the relevant data. The content is supplemented by images and definitions and text explanation of the material presented. Each video is followed up by a short multiple choice, auto-graded quiz questions asking students to consider the information presented in the video. Instructors can use this as the basis for in-class discussion.
2. Chapter Reading: The content of the text book is divided into chapters and introduced in each chapter of the learning path. The students have an opportunity to review the contents of the chapter alongside the activities inside the learning path.
3. Focus Activities: An auto-graded critical thinking activity, which are based on news video clips and scenarios. Students can check their answers and get immediate feedback and explanation on why they got the answer right or wrong.
4. Analyze and Apply interactive infographic and quiz: Students practice their data literacy skills in this exercise. They review an interactive infographic and are asked to answer a series of multiple choice questions interpreting the data.
5. Wrap It Up Quiz: A 25 question comprehension quiz designed for students to check their comfort and mastery of the reading against pre-stated learning objectives. These activities are a great way for students to prepare for their mid-term and final exams. They are auto-graded.
6. KnowNow American Government Blog: These activities are designed for instructors to incorporate into class time or as homework. The activities allow students to prepare for class by reviewing the most important events in American politics for the week. They are followed by a set of open ended/discussion starter questions which can be used by the instructors to moderate the discussion in the class. This activity is not assignable, but is important for any American Government course by keeping it updated and relevant.
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