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Online Resources for MPA/MPP Programs

NASPAA knows this is a challenging time for our member schools and we are here for you.  We are working diligently to provide resources you can use to help you transition to online modalities and continue to provide students with the skills they will need.  We are in unprecedented times.  However, this is also an opportunity for our schools. Highly trained public administrators and public policy students will be needed now more than ever as our global society works to deal with the implications of the global health crisis.  This page will be updated as NASPAA develops and compiles resources for our members so please check back frequently.  If you have resources you can share or feedback on what materials NASPAA can help provide for you during this difficult time please let us know! Email

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Updated 4/3/20

Getting Started

NASPAA is working to develop materials faculty can immediately begin using in their shift to online coursework. Below are some initial resources.

Kettl Module

The Coronavirus: Thinking Clearly Through Systems Thinking

Don Kettl has developed a module that faculty can use right now to begin discussing the coronavirus in coursework through a systems thinking lens. 


NEW Module Companion Video: Issues of Complexity Theory as They Apply to Covid-19

12 min video on the big issues of complexity theory as they apply to the virus, by Danny Buerkli.  Danny is a Co-Founder of staaslabor and former Director at the Centre for Public Impact.  Article referenced in video.


Imperial College Pandemic Paper

Impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) to reduce COVID19 mortality and healthcare demand

The global impact of COVID-19 has been profound, and the public health threat it represents is the most serious seen in a respiratory virus since the 1918 H1N1 influenza pandemic. Here we present the results of epidemiological modelling which has informed policymaking in the UK and other countries in recent weeks. In the absence of a COVID-19 vaccine, we assess the potential role of a number of public health measures – so-called non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) – aimed at reducing contact rates in the population and thereby reducing transmission of the virus. In the results presented here, we apply a previously published microsimulation model to two countries: the UK (Great Britain specifically) and the US. We conclude that the effectiveness of any one intervention in isolation is likely to be limited, requiring multiple interventions to be combined to have a substantial impact on transmission.

Video Resources

As NASPAA develops additional videos for programs to download you can find them here. If you are interested in providing video resources for NASPAA to share with our members, please scroll down to the bottom of the page to see our Video Guidelines.

  • Mike NIchols Picture

    Mike Nichols, President of the Coalition for the Homeless

    Interviewed by Don Kettl of the LBJ School of Public Affairs

    Mike Nichols, the President of the Coalition for the Homeless in Houston, Texas, discusses the dynamics of leading a coalition composed of 100+ different member organizations to address homelessness. Houston is considered national leader by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for their extensive efforts in the past decade to reduce homelessness. President Nichols discusses the development of the coalition, obstacles that have delayed potential progress, and issues on the horizon for policy makers with the growth of pandemic COVID-19. 

    Interview conducted by Don Kettl, LBJ School of Public Affairs Memo Description of Video

    Teaching PowerPoint 

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    Admiral Thad Allen on the Implications for Leadership in Dealing with the Covid19 crisis

    Interviewed by Don Kettl of the LBJ School of Public Affairs

     Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen served as the Incident Commander of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and later replaced Michael Brown as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator in the midst of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in September of 2005. In this 12 minute interview, Allen speaks about the importance of leadership during a crisis, his role in directing the Hurricane Katrina response efforts, and his expertise in an evaluation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Interview conducted by Don Kettl, LBJ School of Public Affairs

    Memo Description of Video

  • Danny Buerkli picture

    Issues of Complexity Theory as They Apply to Covid-19

    Danny Buerkli

    12 min video on the big issues of complexity theory as they apply to the virus, by Danny Buerkli.  Danny is a Co-Founder of staaslabor and former Director at the Centre for Public Impact.   This video makes a great companion piece to the Module developed by Don Kettl of the LBJ School of Public Affairs in the section above. 

    Article referenced in Video

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    Steve Goldsmith on Local Government Innovation

    Interview by Don Kettl, LBJ School of Public Affairs

    Steve Goldsmith serves as a current Harvard Kennedy School Professor, was previously a Deputy Mayor of New York City under Michael Bloomberg, and was also a two-term Republican Mayor of the City of Indianapolis from 1992-2000. In this eleven-minute interview, Professors Kettl and Goldsmith discuss issues, strategies, and concepts such as: effective strategies for leading cities, leveraging technology to improve government services and drive innovation, and operating across vertically integrated governments to efficiently utilize horizontal agencies to confront challenging tasks.

    Memo Description of Video



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2018 Pandemic simulation

NASPAA Batten Global Pandemic Simulation

Learn more about NASPAA-Batten's 2018 Simulation on Global Pandemics and how you can incorporate it into your coursework. 

Case Study Resources

  • Evans Hallway

    The Hallway is an online library of high-quality, faculty-reviewed teaching cases and resources housed at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. It provides educators who teach public administration, public policy, and related subjects with:

    • A constantly growing database of teaching cases
    • Curriculum materials and teaching notes
    • Videos of select cases taught by experienced teachers
    • Classroom instruction in case teaching and writing
  • Hubert Project

    Hubert Project provides public affairs educators the opportunity to create and share multimedia learning materials including short videos and cases. Intended audiences include faculty and instructors teaching public policy, public administration, and nonprofit management, as well as nonprofit, government, and philanthropic consultants, and other leadership development trainers


    These resources were designed for use in teaching collaboration skills, and were selected through an annual competition sponsored by the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.

  • Global Delivery Library

    The Global Delivery Library is a space that connects practitioners to share practical experiences and know-how around delivery challenges and adaptive implementation throughout the project cycle. It deploys a variety of forms, including delivery case studies, videos, multimedia materials, and other publications contributed by practitioners, to capture a range of experiences and inform practitioner decision-making for better development solutions.

  • Model Diplomacy

    Model Diplomacy offers free National Security Council (NSC) and UN Security Council (UNSC) simulations that present both historical and hypothetical scenarios based on real issues, with content informed by Council on Foreign Relations experts. Cases focus on a range of topics that offer a balance of newsworthiness and evergreen educational value, and are accessible for MPA, MPP, and undergraduate students. Model Diplomacy enables students to gain essential knowledge, build important skills, and broaden perspectives surrounding global issues.

Journal Articles

Journal Article Teaching and Learning

Consistency is key in online learning: Evaluating student and instructor perceptions of a collaborative online-course template

Beth Gordon
Gina Scutelnicu
Hillary J. Knepper
Rebecca Tekula
Teaching Public Administration
Journal Article Teaching and Learning

Using Learning Analytics to Predict At-Risk Students in Online Graduate Public Affairs and Administration Education

Anne Zahradnik
Eitel J. M. Lauría
James Melitski
Jay Bainbridge
Josh Baron
Sandeep Jayaprakash
Journal of Public Affairs Education
Journal Article Teaching and Learning

When do online education technologies enhance student engagement? A case of distance education at University of Nebraska at Omaha

A. Bryce Hoflund
Craig S. Maher
Jooho Lee
Patrick O’Neil
Rebecca Lutte
Tara Kolar Bryan
Journal of Public Affairs Education

Curated List of Resources

  • Covid19 Articles, Reports and Other Materials

    This is a regularly updated excel file of materials faculty may find useful in using to teach about Covid19 in their coursework. Compiled by LBJ School of Public Affairs Research Assistant Austin Cruz and NASPAA Staff.  

  • Local Government Response Resource Bank

    Reosurces compiled by What Works Cities

    Content is organized in four sections: (1) Expert-recommended Guidelines & General Updates, (2) WWC Network Resources & Other Local Government Support, (3) Local Actions — organized by policy decision, and (4) Op-Eds & Commentary Specific to Local Government.

  • ARNOVA Teaching Resources

    A pool of online teaching resources - from tools and tech to videos and case studies compiled by ARNOVA

Interested in Providing Resources to NASPAA?


NASPAA Video Guidelines

During this unprecedented health crisis NASPAA appreciates faculty who are willing to create and share content regarding the handling of the crisis with other programs.  Given the time constraints on faculty we are not scheduling webinars but are encouraging interested faculty to develop videos that NASPAA can post to this page. This will enable programs who would be interested in using the materials developed to incorporate them into their coursework as they see fit.  Below are guidelines for the development of videos for posting on NASPAA’s Website.

  • Length—Please keep videos to under 20 minutes, ideally videos would be between 10-15 minutes in length.
  • Quality—NASPAA prefers videos that are completed using web conferencing technology such as Zoom or  However, we will accept videos done on camera phones as long as they meet the following requirements:
    • The video is steady (not shaky or hard to watch)
    • The audio is clear
    • The video is well lit
  • Attribution—Upon submission of the video, you should provide the title NASPAA should use, a short description of the contents of the video, and the names and titles of anyone included in the video
  • Purpose—You should include in your submission to NASPAA: what types of courses the video would we appropriate for (general PA, Local Gov’t, Federal Gov’t, budgeting, emergency management, etc.), the level appropriate for (graduate, undergraduate, all audiences), the topic of the video, and any competencies covered.
  • Intellectual Property—Faculty retain the intellectual property of the materials provided to NASPAA and are responsible for the content (it should not be libelous, partisan, etc.)

NASPAA will review all videos submitted and have final approval over what is included on our website.  If NASPAA chooses not to include a video submitted, we will notify the faculty of any reasons why so they may address them and resubmit if they wish.

How to Submit—You can submit videos by emailing them directly to or by emailing the link to where they may be accessed (depending on file size).  

We greatly appreciate faculty's willingness to develop and share materials during this time!