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Tuesday, February 03, 2015

The Caucuses MOOC class is building!

In September we will launch the Iowa caucuses Massive Open Online Class (MOOC) free and 100% on the Internet.

Today we did a FABULOUS interview with my colleague David Andersen.See picture below in the Political Science department research library. We talked extensively about the role of media in the Presidential selection process. Prof Andersen argues that the old and new (social) media play a huge and important role in the ability of candidates to sell themselves to Iowa caucus voters. How doe the new media (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Linkedin, Mashable, Tumblr, StumbleUpon, Digg, Blogger, Reddit, Foursquare, Instagram, WhatsApp, Skype, and many others.
Andersen and Schmidt
Andersen also made an important analysis of the differences between the Iowa Caucuses and caucuses in other states which reveals new insights into the clash between and among candidates as they cruise across the United States trying to harvest delegates.

He also provides very insightful perspectives on the positive functions of the Iowa caucuses when compared to the role of primaries.

There is much more in this interview and we will share that with you in the MOOC.

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements from the Iowa Presidential Caucuses MOOC Central Headquarters in Ross Hall at Iowa State University.   Sign in here for updates and reserve your place in the MOOC.

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