Increasing Engagement with Digital Resources

Author:  Dr. Stephanie Thomas, Cornell University How do you engage a class of more than 450 students with varying academic backgrounds and vastly different interests in the subject? This is the challenge I face every fall semester when I offer Introductory Microeconomics. I approach this question from the following perspective: students come to class on the first day because they have to come. They come to class the rest of the semester because they want to come. It’s hard for us to imagine why a student wouldn’t want to come to class! As instructors, most of us enjoyed going to Read More…

Real-World Economic Analysis Through Writing

As Economics professors, we often stress the importance of certain types of kinesthetic learning. We tell students that they need to work problems—draw the graphs, do the math, etc.—in order to learn the material. Yet despite being well aware of the importance of learning by doing, we often overlook the value of making our students write. In the honors sections of my Principles classes, I have an assignment in which I ask students to explain a current event to me using economic principles or economics analysis. Their analysis can either explain why recent events occurred or predict what will happen in the future. I resist the urge to place limitations on what topic Read More…

Student Powers Through Economics with Aplia

Aplia helped Michael Cymbalisty, a budding entrepreneur and University of Illinois student, get down to business when learning Economic Statistics.

Better Study, Less Time with Aplia

Michael Cymbalisty, a finance major at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, is in a hurry to be a “serial entrepreneur.” He already spends time on business projects, but he also has to get through tough courses like Economic Statistics. Aplia expedited his learning process, giving him more time to pursue his passion. “Knowing I had Aplia as my backbone gave me confidence for my exams and assignments even if I didn’t understand the material the Read More…

Economics Less Daunting with the Interactivity in MindTap

Dicari Henry, a Junior at Houston Community College, had a deeper, richer Economics learning experience using the interactive tools and features of MindTap for Microeconomics.

Student Success Story

Challenge: Dicari, an economics novice, needed extra help outside of class to grasp unfamiliar concepts

Solution: MindTap for Microeconomics

Result: The MindTap interactive eBook, problem-solving videos, Concept Clips, Aplia homework with guidance for wrong answers and adaptive test prep helped Dicari not only learn effectively, but earn an A.

Read how Dicari mastered economics with MindTap

Business Students Rate SAM “Useful” for Building Excel Skills

At Baruch College in New York City, Professor of Economics Ted Joyce directs the Zicklin Online Learning and Evaluation (ZOLE) program, which promotes and supports the use of technology at the institution. “We interpret technology broadly, from courses delivered purely online to the use of Excel® in a traditional classroom format,” says Professor Joyce. “The unifying theme is the application of new technologies to engage students, build skills, save resources, and advance learning.” One of those technologies is SAM (Skills Assessment Manager), an online environment for Microsoft Office®. Professor Joyce managed a semester-long study of SAM’s online Excel® module, Read More…

Paul Romer Receives the “Innovations in Economic Education” Award

Cengage Learning and the National Economics Teaching Association (NETA) are proud to award the first Innovations in Economic Education Award to Paul Romer of New York University. While Paul is regarded as one of the top economists in the world for his groundbreaking work on endogenous growth theory (among other things), it is for his sojourn into the world of digital learning tools that we are honoring him. Aplia, which was created in the early 2000s was the first product to effectively harness the expanded fiber-optic (and later WIFI) infrastructure to enable professors to finally get more effort from Read More…

2015 Economist Educators Best in Class Award Winners

The National Economics Teaching Association and Cengage Learning are pleased to announce this year’s Economist Educators Best in Class Award Winners!

Economics instructors across the U.S. entered to win our award, which praises how economists practice the art of instruction, harness the power of engagement, and foster the spark of discovery in their classrooms.

Review the winning submissions, and consider how you might apply these engaging and creative ideas in your own classroom!

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Make it Count! Assign MindTap in Economics Survey Courses

How do you spur the students in your Economics Survey courses on to success? Assigning digital could be key. Participation and outcomes improve for students when MindTap counts for 20% or more of their grade.

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MindTap: Promoting Peak Performance in Principles of Economics

How do you encourage peak performance among your Principles of Economics students? Assigning digital could be key. Participation and outcomes improve for students in Principles of Economics courses when MindTap counts for 20% or more of their grade.

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Improving Student Outcomes in Economics with MindTap

What goals do you have for your Economics course? Do you want to see improved participation? Improved outcomes? Students in Economics courses are spending more time on their homework and earning better grades when MindTap counts for 20% of their grade.

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