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Online Resources for MPA/MPP Programs




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 staatslabor 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.

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!