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Texas Politics Multimedia Textbook

Texas Politics

The Texas Politics project is designed to support state-mandated university instruction in the workings of Texas government and to aid all Texans in becoming more thoughtful and effective participants in their government. The project's clear and dynamic presentation of the story of Texas Politics in an online textbook uses Web-accessible video, audio, graphical, and textual formats to foster student and citizen interest in Texas Politics and to provide instructors and students with a comprehensive set of tools for teaching and learning.

At first glance Texas Politics resembles a traditional textbook, providing coverage of the basic elements of the Texas political system in online units analogous to book chapters. This familiar format provides students and instructors with an intuitive organizing principle, whether they are looking for a single piece of information or designing an entire course of study. But Texas Politics is much more than a traditional textbook reformatted for the Web. For instructors, Texas Politics combines the attributes of a good textbook - comprehensiveness, accessibility, and intuitive organization - with a collection of multimedia features no textbook can match, including multimedia resources that can be used in class, by students at home, or on a public Internet connection. For students and the general public, Texas Politics provides a richer set of learning resources than any traditional textbook - all on a completely unrestricted basis.

The Texas Politics project also offers other opportunities to explore politics in the state. The Texas Politics Speaker Series features elected officials and other insiders to talk about politics and policy in an intimate setting hosted by the College of Liberal Arts.  The events are open to the public, include question and answer with the audience, and are captured on digital video and integrated with the Texas Politics website.  In 2008, the project launched an ongoing statewide survey of public opinion in Texas as part of a collaborative enterprise involving faculty and graduate students in the Department of Government.  The data generated from the survey as well as graphics for teaching and other uses are available on an unrestricted basis for researchers, teachers, students, and the public in the polling section at the Texas Politics website.

For periodic updates about speakers, releases of survey data, and occasional updates about new content at the site, email texaspolitics@laits.utexas.edu to be added to our email list.  You can also join the Texas Politics Speaker Series Facebook group.

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