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Q&A - Public Administration Courses and Classes

Is there any open courseware available for online public administration courses?

If you are taking 1 of the top online public administration courses you can supplement your studies with courseware from a prestigious or foreign university.

You may want to consider Fundamentals of Public Policy offered through Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The entire course, as taught in 2004 by Professors Steve Meyer and David Laws, is available free of charge. This includes assignments, lecture notes and readings. There are additional classes that may be interesting to public administration students available through MIT’s Open Courseware.

Harvard University Extension also offers free classes that may be useful to public administration students including classes on war and society in the twentieth century and statistics.

While enrolled in your accredited public administration course online you should check out the open courseware in international public administration available from the United Nations Public Administration Network (UNPAN). Although free, registration and a password are required. The courses are divided into 4 categories: electronic and mobile government, institution and human resources, knowledge management and millennium development goals.

Very detailed open source classes are also available through the Open University of Nairobi. Although the applicability of online public administration classes may be limited, the Open University of Nairobi online classes entitled Introduction to Public Management and Public Administration Governance have downloadable texts between 100 and 200 pages long complete with self-assessment sections.

What blogs or other online resources might be useful in my public administration courses?

There are 2 types of blogs that might interest you as you progress through your online public administration courses: blogs by university students and blogs by public employees. If you are taking an accredited public administration course online, your institution may have a student blog. University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Masters of Public Administration blog covers a diverse range of topics from articles on international and national events to public administration as a career choice. The UNO blog also features videos on public administration.

The University of North Carolina MPA student blog primarily covers local affairs for the city of Charlotte and Wake county as well as student affairs.

The Missouri State University masters of public administration blog is useful if you want to learn about student life as a public administration student, as it primarily focuses on events in the Missouri State University Public Administration Department.

One of the best blogs for public administration online classes is The Public Servant’s Profile. This site has an excellent overview of the public administration field as well as blog entries on public administration events, opinions and leaders. Some of the articles are in German or other languages. The Public Servant’s Profile has links to books and literature and to overseas schools.

What magazines or journals can I read while I study in my offline or online public administration classes?

In These Times is the most affordable and popular mainstream magazine that covers issues related to public administration. This magazine includes the effects of public administration on politics and the labor movement. You can also obtain free e-newsletters including Working in These Times on labor and workers rights and <"a href= http://www.inthesetimes.com/duly-noted">Duly Noted which covers headlines and analysis of politics and culture.

Recommended for students, the GovManagement Daily is an email newsletter that covers the major public administration events at all levels of government. Membership in ASPA is highly recommended if you are in the best public administration online classes and are seeking public administration jobs.

Public Administration and Management has a downloadable archive of articles covering all aspects of public administration from city to international management. This e-journal, sponsored by the Southern Public Administration Education Foundation publishes 4 to 5 articles twice a year.

The National Academy of Public Administration has a large number of specialized publications to supplement your individual public administration course online. The categories of publications are change management, evaluation, feasibility, organization and performance management.