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Course Orientationfor online courses inECON2105-MacroECON2106-Micro . . .
Table of Contents • Introduce myself • Where to get course information • What is Economics / What is an SSOL course • How to best study • Overview of Syllabus / Course Policies / Prof. Website • Discussion Board Examples • Overview of Course Software • How to get started in the course
Professor Schmidt Professor: B. Schmidt Office: AH N123 Telephone: 706.737.1560 Text: 706.680.6123 (n123) Email: bschmidt@GRU.edu Prof. Website: http://hull.aug.edu/bschmidt Course Website: http://pearsonmylabandmastering.com • Teaching philosophy: • Gaining Knowledge: Course assignments • Retaining Knowledge: Relating topics to real life • I DO NOT give out grades, Students EARN them.
Where to Find Course Resources • Online Lab Software Website – http://pearsonmylabandmastering.com • Professor Schmidt’s Website – http://hull.aug.edu/bschmidt • Professor’s Email – bschmidt@GRU.edu
SSOL – Self Study Online Course • (SS) Self Study: • Must teach yourself the material • You are the Professor and the Student • There are numerous tools online to assist you • (OL) Online: • All assignments are online • Pace: • Paced course (Not an independent study course) • Time: • Requires meticulous time management skills • More time consuming than classroom instructed course • More flexibility with your schedule
SSOL – Self Study Online Course Self Study is NOT for everyone, If in Doubt, • Take the classroom instructed format OR • Check out this page on the Professor Website for insight into Online Course Skills Click Here
Economics– WHAT? • Economics is a Social Science • Economics studies people and their behaviors • Economics utilizes graphs and mathematics to display its theories • Economics requires Right & Left Brain function • Social Science Right Brain (artistic, creative, abstract thought, reading/writing) • Mathematics & Graphs Left Brain (analytical, planned, logical thought, math/science,) • Economics requires use of both sides of the brain at the same time… • this can be difficult if this is the first time a course has required this type of thought/application.
Instructional Level This course is evaluated at a Blooms Level 3 and 4 • Click Here: Check out this page on the Professor Website for explanation of Level 3 and 4 – be sure to scroll all the way down Level 1 and 2: • You have been doing this since you were 2 or 3 yrs old • High school specializes in this level of assessment Level 3 and 4: • Perfect for this class and helping you learn to think like a college grad Level 5 and 6: • These levels are used in Graduate Schools
Instructional Level Why are Level 3 and 4 Perfect for this class and helping you learn to think like a college grad • Corporations do not hire you (a college grad) for your knowledge – they can teach you most of what you need to know • Corporations hire you for the skills you obtained in college • Critically thinking skills • Application skills • Analysis skills • Time Management skills • Endurance (college degrees are not easy and they do not come quickly) Professor’s Job/Goal = To assist you in obtaining these skills
STUDY TIPS for Succeeding in Economics Economics is a subject you learn by doing, not by memorizing. The more you work problems, the better you understand the concepts – and the better you’ll do on tests. Treat this like a math class – practice every day – in order to succeed
Study Tip#1: Practice, Practice, Practice MyEconLabgives you lots of practice and study resources. For every chapter, you get: • Practice Tests • Homework if assigned by the instructor • *Study Plan drill down by chapter/section and work problems • Study Guide • Flash cards • Live Tutoring • eText upgrade optional *Study Plan grade comes from 10 hours spent in this area.
Study Tip#1: Practice, Practice, Practice Homework helps you practice : • No limit on time • No limit on number of attempts • Saves your answers when you exit • Questions come from end of chapter questions • 20% of overall grade This is the only assignment that can be worked late – However, Your grade penalty is 5 points per day The password to work the Homework late is - five Difficulty with a HW Question – Click here to see if there is a solved example on Professor Schmidt’s Course Concept Help Webpage
Study Tip#2: Identify your strengths and overcome your weaknesses You’ll do better on quizzes and tests when you identify which topics you know well, and master topics you don’t know yet. MyEconLab helps you do both. Utilize the STUDY PLAN and PRACTICE TESTS Determine YOUR LEARNING STYLE – Click here to go to Professor Schmidt’s website and download document Remember the BLOOMS Levels of Knowledge and Read/Study for Application Knowledge – Click here to go Professor Schmidt’s Webpage on Blooms
Study Tip#3: Properly Prepare for Quizzes • How to study for quizzes • Read Chapter • Review Powerpoint slides • Complete sample test • Work study plan problems in critical areas • Complete sample test • Complete Chapter Homework • Work end of chapter problems in critical areas • Work Powerpoint Review Questions • Work in study groups and talk through trouble areas • Use ‘Guided Solution’ on MyEconLab • Use ‘Ask my Professor’ button on MyEconLab
Study Tip#4: Properly Utilize 2nd attempt on Quizzes QUIZ: Questions 50% end of chapter / 50% test bank You may take quizzes twice Study Use 1st attempt Make notes on concepts covered on quiz Study those concepts more closely Use 2nd attempt Your grade will be Higher Your ACTUAL quiz grade is the AVERAGE of both attempts If you utilize both attempts back-to-back Your grade will likely be Lower
Study Tip #5: Seek out help when you need it When studying by day… • Office Hours with your instructor • Tutoring through Pearson • MyEconLab for guided solutions, study aids, flashcards, and additional practice When studying by night… • Pearson Tutor Services • real-time, one-on-one instruction, • submit questions for a response within 24 hours • pre-schedule a tutoring session • view archives of your past sessions • MyEconLab for guided solutions, study aids, flashcards, and additional practice • Email Professor Anytime
Study and Help • How to study for quizzes • Read Chapter • Review Powerpoint slides • Complete sample test • Work study plan problems in critical areas • Complete sample test • Complete Chapter Homework • Work end of chapter problems in critical areas • Work Powerpoint Review Questions • Work in study groups and talk through trouble areas • Use ‘Guided Solution’ on MyEconLab • Use ‘Ask my Professor’ button on MyEconLab
Study and Help • How to study for utilize 2nd attempt on quizzes • Complete chapter HW with the best score you can obtain • Review main concepts from chapters covered • Take quiz – noting topics and concepts covered in your course notebook • Study the concepts that you jotted down as you took the quiz • Utilize the 2nd attempt at the quiz • *Remember you can only review quizzes immediately after completion
Study and Help • Study groups are an Excellent resource! • However, if I get stuck and need help, I should • First, Check the Professor’s Website first • Then, Contact the professor: • Text the professor if it is a quick question • Email my questions to the professor • Email the professor again if I have received a response within 24 hours • Request a meeting with the professor • Email the professor a few times that work for me and she will let me know which one works best for her
Overview of Syllabus • All students are responsible for ALL information contained within the syllabus. • Course requirements • Course policies (be sure to read these) • Course assignments • Go to http://hull.aug.edu/bschmidt • Professor’s contact information • All course information • Online Tools are there to help – Use them
Overview of Syllabus COURSE REQUIREMENTS: • Mandatory Review of Orientation Document • Document can be downloaded from SSOL Homepage on professor’s website • Mandatory Registration in Online Software • Any student not registered in the Pearson Lab Environment by the 5th day of classes will be DROPPED • Any student not completing the Orientation Quiz with the required score of 90% by the 5th day of classes will be DROPPED
Overview of Syllabus WITHDRAWALS and DROPS • Dropped by the teacher for • Not registering in Pearson Lab by the 5th day of class • Not completing the Orientation Quiz by the 5th day of class • Withdrawals by student • Click here for specific withdrawal information • Before midterm: You will receive a ‘W’. Please see the instructions on professor door or webpage • After midterm: You will receive a ‘WF’ in accordance with ASU’s guidelines • You must complete your own paperwork. I will not withdraw you from a course (except as described in the section above). Check my website for process!
Overview of Syllabus • *Online Students*: I do not reset quizzes/tests. • Please be sure that you are utilizing a reliable computer and internet connection prior to beginning your quizzes. If your internet connection is lost during a test or quiz. Wait a few minutes and try to log back in to complete your quiz. If your time elapses, I am sorry, but I will not reset your quiz/test.
Overview of Syllabus • Assignments are Never Accepted Late! • There are several days built into the course with no deadlines allowing students to get ahead of course deadlines • Plan your schedule now, time management is a valued trait • Contact professor before issues arise, responsibility is a valued trait • Homeworks are due on Monday (Tuesday in Summer) at 11:59PM • Quizzes are due on Wednesday (Thursday in Summer) at 11:59PM • Tests are due on Thursday’s at 11:59PM • Discussion Boards are due on Thursday’s at 11:59PM
Overview of Syllabus • Before you begin working in the course assignments • You must have registered in the Online Course Environment/software • You will need the Course Code which you get in your email once you have attended the orientation • You must complete an Orientation Quiz with a grade of 90% • Before you can take a chapter quiz • You must complete the corresponding chapter Homework with a grade of 70% • All assignments are open and you may work to complete the course as quickly as you desire • Staying ahead of deadlines is a must because items are not accepted late!
Overview of Syllabus • Study Plan/Participation (10%) • Easy 100 • It is a formula based on the use of online study plan problems – see syllabus for details • Discussion Boards (20%) • Easy 100 • Posts are read and evaluated against criteria stated in syllabus • Progression of Difficulty • HW’s are 100% end of chapter questions (Easy 100) • Quizzes are 50% end of chapter and 50% test bank questions • Tests are 100% test bank questions • In Economics, topics build on each other thus it is important to get a solid foundation in the first few weeks
Overview of Syllabus • 50% of course grade is an Easy 100 • Homework (20%) • Discussion Board (20%) • Study Plan/Participation(10%) • All I have to do is put in the effort!!! • 20% of the course grade is from quizzes • I get two attempts at each quiz • 30% of the course grade comes from Tests • The last test is 15%, the other tests are only 5% each • Final is 20% in Summer It should be nearly impossible to not earn at least a 70% in this course
Overview of Syllabus • All Extra Credit opportunities are outlined on the professors website • All extra credit is due TWO WEEKS prior to the end of the semester • Late assignments and resubmissions are not accepted. Be sure to read all instructions before submitting/completing the extra credit assignments • Extra Credit is not provided on an individual basis • Specific instructions for all assignments are available on the Professor’s Website • Check the syllabus first • Check out links on the SSOL homepage Examples of Test Questions and Discussion Board posts are provided on Professor’s Website
Overview of Website • There’s a webpage for that (on Professor Schmidt’s Website) • Extra Credit – Specific events and guidelines • Study Guides by chapter (Macro Only) • Tutor services – even one that will meet you on campus • Grade calculation to help me determine where I stand overall • How to get a signature on my withdrawal form • How to determine if an Online course is for me • How to determine my Learning Style to better help me study • How to register in the Online Course software • How to determine which Text book I need All of this (and more) is found on the Course Resource Webpage
Overview of Website • There’s a webpage for that (on Professor Schmidt’s Website) • Course Schedule of deadlines • Course Syllabus • This orientation document • Explanation of Online Software Tools • Specific Instructions for Discussion Board Assignment • Examples of good/bad Discussion Board Posts • Sample Test Questions – to help me understand what an Application Test Question is • Powerpoint slides – to help me determine the key points in the chapter • Power point slides with chapter review quiz– 10 questions All of this (and more) is found on the SSOL Home PageWebpage
Overview of Website • There’s a webpage for that (on Professor Schmidt’s Website) • Professor Schmidt’s Office Hours • Professor Schmidt’s Class Schedule • Professor Schmidt’s Phone Number for Texting • Professor Schmidt’s Office Location • Information about NEIS contest – I could go to Washington, DC • Information about PBL – I could win a national title • Information on the annual trip to the Federal Reserve • Information on why I should Minor in Economics All of this (and more) is found on Prof Schmidt’s Home Page Webpage
Overview of Course Software • Course Home – Read posted Announcements, Calendar • News – Read articles to help relate economic concepts with current events/real life • Assignments – Do Homework, Quizzes, Tests, and Practice tests (not graded) • Study Plan – Drill down by chapter and section to work Practice problems (Participation grade) • Results – Current grades • Document Sharing– Professor contact and website information, Solutions to Instructor Assignable Problems and Sample Test Questions • Multimedia Library– Study guide, Flash cards, news videos, animations, powerpoints, economic data, graphers, etc • Chapter Resources – Your one stop shop for all chapter needs • Communication Tools– Discussion Boards, emails, chat
Overview of Course Software Online Learning Aids • Animation – Automated example of graph or calculation • Guided Solution – Step by step instruction on how to solve a problem • Ask My Instructor – Email professor providing a link to the exact question and comments from you • Grapher – Tool to allow you to graph out the problem in order to determine the correct answer • Print – Print screen • Video – View video related to the current question • Etext – View the exact page of the text that addresses or provides answer for current question • Media – View additional media options available for current question
Today’s Assignments Register in http://pearsonmylabandmastering.com, TODAY Find a Study Group, THIS WEEK
How to Get Started in the Course • Review and follow instructions on the webpages provided under ‘Online Courses Information’ Click Here Step by Step instructions on registering are provided on this site (steps also on next slide)
How to Get Started in the Course • 1. Go to http://pearsonmylabandmastering.com • 2. Click on 'Student' under the REGISTER heading • 3. Click next • 4. Enter the ‘Course ID’ provided during your course orientation or in an email from your professor • 5. Enter your Access Code that came with your text book or select the Buy Now option • 6. Click next and Follow the Directions entering personal information when requested. • Be sure to enter your NAME as it appears on your GRU Admissions Form....DO NOT USE NICKNAMES • Be sure to enter your First and Last names in the correct sections • You have correctly registered for your Economics Course when: • a.You see your course name at the top of the screen • b.You see a welcome message from Professor Schmidt in the middle of the page • NOW, to prevent being DROPPED FROM THE CLASS • TAKE & PASS THE ORIENTATION QUIZ
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Questions about Course • Contact Professor according to information provided within this document