Textbook

The Texas Politics Webtext

 

In order to continue developing the best possible resource to support student learning, the Basic Edition of Texas Politics is being phased out for Spring 2017. After December 31, 2016, the Basic Edition will no longer be available. The Course Version of Texas Politics will continue to be updated by the Texas Politics Project and published by Soomo Learning. 

We believe that the platform and pedagogy offered by Soomo Learning in its Course Version best serves students and their instructors who are using the webtext in classrooms and online courses. Both Soomo Learning and the Texas Politics Project are committed to keeping the cost of the webtext low. Charging a modest price for the webtext ensures that it will continue to be updated on a regular basis and aligned with the Texas Government Learning Objectives and Core Competencies established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

The Texas Politics Project looks forward to continuing our efforts to provide resources for students, teachers, and anyone interested in politics and government in the Lone Star State. We will continue to produce high-quality polling and furnish the data, results, data visualizations, and all accompanying materials as publicly available resources. Thousands of graphics for use in teaching, writing, and presentations will continue to be publicly available in the polling section of the Texas Politics Project website. We will also continue to host public events, making the resulting video resources available free of charge, and continue to operate our internship bulletin board, promoting internships and positions for students across Texas.

Please contact us with questions about our initiatives and the transition to the Course Version of the Texas Politics webtext at texaspolitics@mail.laits.utexas.edu. Technical questions about the special transition offers from Soomo and webtext set-up with your institution's CMS should be directed to texaspoliticsdesk@soomolearning.com

Look out for the 4th Edition of the Texas Politics Webtext with a new chapter on Federalism in Spring 2018.

 

Course Version

The Course Version includes twelve chapters based on the original Texas Politics Project online textbook, but in addition, provides access to Soomo Learning features that help students better engage with the material, and help instructors monitor and assist students with the goal of promoting student success. These features include: 

- Study questions that frequently reinforce student learning;

- Progress indicators that both individual students and course instructors can use to monitor progress on reading and study questions;

- The ability for students to highlight and take notes within the Web text;

- LMS integration (including Blackboard and Canvas), learning analytics, course customization, and access to a robust test bank for instructors.

The Course Version is free to instructors, with an affordable $55 subscription for students (with an option for a print-on-demand version at a low additional cost). This package enables us to offer enhanced learning tools based on established Texas Politics content that instructors at colleges and universities across the state have been using for years. To learn more, go to the Texas Politics Page at Soomo Learning and/or watch our webinar.