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Teaching Electronic Advocacy

This page includes resources for instructors and trainers who want to help others to use the Internet in changing public policy. In creating this page, I am making the assumption that cutting edge technology is most appropriate for teaching new ways of practice. This means using many of the tools that on-line advocates use to deliver advocacy.  

I began integrating this content into my regular courses several years ago. I found it fitted well with other advocacy content.  A few years ago, Gouthan Menon and I started teaching a course in Electronic Advocacy over the Internet. It has been a fascinating experience.  Steve Hick, from Carlton University, and I edited a book on electronic advocacy for Lyceum Books that solves the problem of appropriate reading for a course.  The authors are a mix of academics and practitioners and the book is a very good choice for any course that deals with public policy and social change. You will also find course suggestions on Lyceum's website.

I would encourage anyone who is interested in adding this exciting new material to a course to look at what other people are doing on the Internet.  I've had wonderful conversations with people at many universities all over the globe.  

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