IDEAlog is designed to stimulate student thinking on issues that underlie contemporary views of political ideology. It consists of three components:
- An Introduction that defines the program's purpose.
- A Tutorial that explains the traditional liberal-conservative labels, introduces a two-dimensional ideological typology, and asks students to classify themselves according to the four-fold ideology typology described in The Challenge of Democracy, a college text on American government by Kenneth Janda, Jeffrey Berry, Jerry Goldman and Deborah Schildkraut.
- The Self-Test that requires students to answer twenty questions—drawn from national surveys—which are equally divided between the conflict of individual freedom vs. social order, and the conflict of individual freedom vs. social equality. Based on their responses, students are classified into one of four ideological types. Their ideological scores are then compared with the scores for the public's responses to the same twenty questions.
Instructors will not have access to students' individual responses or summed scores. Instructors will only be able to view aggregate class scores.