Delivery Formats of Principles Courses

Delivery Formats of Principles Courses

The Economics Department offers principles of economics courses in various combinations of online and face-to-face learning environments and in small and large sized classrooms. Some courses are offered in multiple formats. The following is a brief description of available options so that students can choose the format that best meets their individual needs.

 

A. Large Lecture with Small Discussion Sections

Class Size:  Lecture up to 330, each discussion section about 35

Range of Lecture and Section Number(s) in Course Schedule: 10-19

Content Delivery/Method of Instruction: Face-to-face lecture, Face-to-face discussion sections

Meeting Schedules: Large lecture meets 2-3 times weekly, discussion sessions meet once weekly

Faculty Role: Deliver lectures, meet with students in office hours, monitor online homework and discussion sections

TA Role: The weekly discussion meeting is an opportunity for students to get in-person feedback.  The teaching assistant goes over the assigned problems and if necessary reviews some of the more difficult concepts in the lecture material in a small classroom setting. There may be occasional quizzes.

Student Responsibility: Attend lectures, complete readings/assignments outside of class, complete web based activities through HuskyCT and Aplia/MyEconLab/Sapling, etc.

Exams: Proctored in classroom

Recommended Student Population: This format is a good fit for students who like structured lecture times, a “live” learning environment, and find it helpful to have difficult concepts reviewed in an environment where they can readily ask questions.

 

B. Large Lecture (no Discussion Sections)

Class Size:  up to 330

Range of Lecture Number(s) in Course Schedule: 1-9

Content Delivery/Method of Instruction: Face-to-face lecture

Faculty Role: Deliver lectures, meet with students in office hours, monitor online homework

TA Role: Grader

Student Responsibility: Attend lectures, complete readings/assignments outside of class, complete web based activities through HuskyCT and Aplia/MyEconLab/Sapling, etc.

Exams: Proctored online and/or in classroom

Recommended Student Population: This format is a good fit for students who like structured lecture times and a “live” learning environment, but do not desire to ask questions and participate in discussions on the material.

 

C. Small Lecture

Class Size:  up to 35

Range of Lecture Number(s) in Course Schedule: 1-9

Content Delivery/Method of Instruction: Face-to-face lecture

Meeting Schedules: 2-3 times weekly

Faculty Role: Deliver lectures, meet with students in office hours, monitor online homework

TA Role: None

Student Responsibility: Attend lectures, complete readings/assignments outside of class, complete web based activities through
HuskyCT and Aplia/MyEconLab/Sapling, etc.

Exams: Proctored in classroom

Recommended Student Population: This format is a good fit for students who like structured lecture times in a more intimate “live” learning environment of a small classroom where they can readily ask questions about material during the course of lectures.

 

 D. Blended

Class Size:   Each section up to 35

Range of (www-Online) Lecture and Section Number(s) in Course Schedule: 20-29

Content Delivery/Method of Instruction: Online lecture, face-to-face discussion sections

Meeting Schedules: Online lectures available anytime during term, Face-to-face discussion sections meet once weekly.

Faculty Role: Fulltime faculty develop online lectures, meet with students in office hours, monitor online homework and discussion sections

TA Role: The weekly discussion meeting is an opportunity for students to get in-person feedback.  The teaching assistant goes over the assigned problems and if necessary reviews some of the more difficult concepts in the lecture material in a small classroom setting. There may be occasional quizzes.

Student Responsibility: View lectures, complete readings/assignments and web-based activities through HuskyCT and Aplia/MyEconLab/Sapling, etc.

Exams: Proctored in classroom

Recommended Student Population: The blended format is a good fit for self-responsible students who prefer to supplement self-learning from online-material with in-class discussion. Students learn the basic material from online lectures during times that best fit into their own schedules and attend weekly discussion sections for in-person feedback. Online lectures include video presentations, PowerPoint slides, web pages, and other digital media that offer online analogues of what students would have in face-to-face lectures. The lectures are available when the semester starts and can be viewed multiple times at the student’s convenience. In return for more active participation in learning, students receive a more flexible semester’s schedule, where they can move their lecture time around as they see fit.  The required discussion sections also provide a time where students can get more personal feedback than in traditional large lectures. The “Blended” format combines the best aspects of lecture hall instruction and small classroom review.

 

 E. Online

Class Size:   each class or “discussion section” up to 25

Content Delivery/Method of Instruction: Online lecture, online discussion sections

Meeting Schedules: Online lectures available anytime during term, online discussion section occurs asynchronously

Faculty Role: Fulltime faculty develop online lectures, virtual office hours, monitor online homework and discussion sections

TA Role: Under the direction of fulltime faculty provide feedback thru online discussion, chat room, bulletin board, self-guided review, or a combination of these formats. The online discussions, active learning exercises, email and video conferencing are substitutes for in-person meetings.

Student Responsibility: View lectures, complete readings/assignments and web-based activities through HuskyCT and Aplia/MyEconLab/Sapling, etc.

Exams: Proctored at the Storrs Campus, or at a pre-arranged alternate site approved by the instructor.

Recommended Student Population: The fully-online format is typically offered during the summer session. It is a good fit for self-responsible students trying juggle a heavy schedule of commitments to job, family, extra-curricular activities (such as athletics, performance arts etc.), or other academic activities. The online format requires much more “active self-directed learning”, and familiarity with digital communication than other formats. Instead of interacting with instructors during fixed class meetings, students are in a flexible “digital” learning environment where they can readily ask questions about material using online social networking medium of bulletin boards. The online lectures are developed by fulltime faculty and are in the same format as described in the “Blended” course.  All the course materials are linked from HuskyCT, and it is up to the student to navigate the site.  Technical support is available from the University’s Learning Resource Center. In terms of computer skills, the class is a good fit for the student who is familiar with using an internet browser to find information, watching videos online, video conferencing and participating in social networking sites.  Though the student’s review of the online lecture is self-paced, there are periodic assessments that have hard deadlines, which are posted at the beginning of the semester.

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