Welcome

Welcome to Econ 206 Online at SCSU for the Fall 2015 semester!

This website is for students in Dr. Switzer’s Econ 206 course (section 1), and also for students in Dr. Rich MacDonald’s and Dr. Patricia Hughes’s online sections. Note that all three courses are using the same book, assignments, and overall structure — the exams may differ slightly depending on what each instructor wants to include as their non-multiple-choice questions. This website is your main source for what would normally be your lectures: custom-created lecture notes and videos, links to interesting articles and examples of these concepts in the real world.┬áIt is┬árecommended that you first watch the assigned videos from Asarta/Butters on the Connect website, then watch these lecture videos. You have PPT and PDF files that contain the outlines of each video, which will make it easier for you to follow along and take notes. You are advised to learn the content in these modules the same way you would learn if you were sitting in a lecture: by paying attention and taking notes on what you are learning so that you can study those notes before doing the quizzes and exams. The only major difference between this online course and a lecture-based course is that you have the option of pausing if there is too much to write, or rewinding if you did not understand something that was said — a luxury that students in lecture-based classes probably wish they had.

Click on the links in the left column to go to individual content pages for each module.

To expand a video to full-screen, click the bottom-right button. When you are done watching the video, click the X button on the bottom-right and the screen will collapse back to regular size and you can then scroll through the rest of the page. If the font size in the content modules is too small for you to read comfortably, simply zoom in on the page (if you have a mouse with a scroll wheel, hold down the control button and move the scroll wheel up to zoom) — the paragraph width will adjust to fit into the window you have open.

And don’t forget to contribute to the discussion on D2L so that you get a good discussion grade. Don’t forget to post in at least 2 different forums during your assigned module. If you cannot add anything constructive to the discussion, select the Your Own Thoughts forum and write about something else. If it’s not your assigned week, you can still post — you can earn up to 10 points extra credit in each unit by doing so.

If you are having difficulty with the video load times, please e-mail me at dmswitzer@stcloudstate.edu. You can drop off a flash drive and have the videos copied onto it, and you’ll never have to wait for a video to buffer again! For the entire semester’s worth of videos, you’ll need at least an 8GB flash drive. And if you like using your iPod or iPad to watch the videos, you won’t be able to do that on this site, since they’re Flash videos. But if you get all the videos, you can upload them to your computer and use iTunes to transfer them over and then watch at your convenience.

– Dave