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[http://www.myeconlab.com/ MyEconLab] is one example of an online teaching tool available to economics instructors. As described in Nguyen and Trimarchi's 2008 analysis of effects of online modules: "The MyEconLab web site has separate work areas for students and instructors. For students, there are learning modules to explain course materials with computer graphics, multimedia content, and numerical calculations. There are also planning and review modules (calendar, study plan, homework, quizzes and tests) to coach students into the habit of active learning mode with regular practice exercises for tryouts as well as real quizzes and tests for marks. In particular, the result module provides instant feedback on student progress which is much faster than the traditional manual marking by instructors or teaching assistants."
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[http://www.aplia.com/ Aplia] and [http://www.myeconlab.com/ MyEconLab] are examples of online teaching tools available to economics instructors. As described in Nguyen and Trimarchi's 2010 analysis of online modules: "The MyEconLab web site has separate work areas for students and instructors. For students, there are learning modules to explain course materials with computer graphics, multimedia content, and numerical calculations. There are also planning and review modules (calendar, study plan, homework, quizzes and tests) to coach students into the habit of active learning mode with regular practice exercises for tryouts as well as real quizzes and tests for marks. In particular, the result module provides instant feedback on student progress which is much faster than the traditional manual marking by instructors or teaching assistants."
  
 
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{{hidden|'''Active Learning in Introductory Economics: Do MyEconLab and Aplia Make Any Difference?- Nguyen & Trimarchi, 2010.'''|This study examined the effects of the online programs MyEconLab and Aplia on student performance in introductory economics class. This research took place at a university with 12 introductory microeconomics courses including a total of 2,629 students and 6 introductory macroeconomics courses including a total of 1,392 students. The study used the microeconomics courses to test the effects of MyEconLab and the macroeconomics courses to test Aplia. In some of the courses, students were given the option of using an online module. The end grades of these students were compared to the grades of students in identical courses who were not given the option of using MyEconLab or Aplia. In both cases, the final grades of classes using online modules was 2% higher (significant at a 0.05 level) than the control classes. These results indicate that even optional use of online modules increases student's understanding of economics concepts. Surveys of student's reactions to the use of online modules showed that the majority of students felt that these programs were helpful, particularly for understanding theory and applying them to novel assignments
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{{hidden|'''Active Learning in Introductory Economics: Do MyEconLab and Aplia Make Any Difference?- Nguyen & Trimarchi, 2010.'''|This study examined the effects of the online programs MyEconLab and Aplia on student performance in introductory economics class. This research took place at a university with 12 introductory microeconomics courses including a total of 2,629 students and 6 introductory macroeconomics courses including a total of 1,392 students. The study used the microeconomics courses to test the effects of MyEconLab and the macroeconomics courses to test Aplia. In some of the courses, students were given the option of using an online module. The end grades of these students were compared to the grades of students in identical courses who were not given the option of using MyEconLab or Aplia. In both cases, the final grades of classes using online modules were 2% higher (significant at a 0.05 level) than the control classes. These results indicate that even optional use of online modules increases student's understanding of economics concepts. Surveys of student's reactions to the use of online modules showed that the majority of students felt that these programs were helpful, particularly for understanding theory and applying them to novel assignments
  
 
This study can be accessed [http://dspaceprod.georgiasouthern.edu:8080/jspui/bitstream/10518/4073/1/Article_NguyenTrimarchi.pdf here]}}.
 
This study can be accessed [http://dspaceprod.georgiasouthern.edu:8080/jspui/bitstream/10518/4073/1/Article_NguyenTrimarchi.pdf here]}}.

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In large classes, it can often be difficult to encourage student participation and incorporate inquiry-based learning into the curriculum. Encouraging classroom interaction is much more difficult when there are 250+ students in a large lecture hall. A 2008 study (Iaria & Hubball, 2008) of two medical classes, one with 17 students and one with 150, found that the ratio of student participation in class discussions dropped significantly from 15/17 in the small class to only 3/150 in the large class, even though both classes gave students the same types of opportunities to be involved in active discussion. When class sizes are this large, online teaching modules can be an effective supplement to in-class lectures. Research (Nguyen & Trimarchi, 2010) has shown that using online modules to supplement large introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics lecture classes results in higher comprehension of material.


What is an Online Teaching Module?

Online teaching modules provide:

  • Supplementary discussion of topics covered in the lecture and textbooks
  • Review modules that allow students to self-test and assess their own progress on concept. This review process gives students individual attention and immediate feedback on their skills.
  • Communication modules which allow class discussion on online forums. This is particularly beneficial in large classes where in-class discussion is hard to facilitate.
  • Online experiments and games for students to apply the concepts they learn in class
  • Ability to use pre-made exercises or create your own exercises


Aplia and MyEconLab are examples of online teaching tools available to economics instructors. As described in Nguyen and Trimarchi's 2010 analysis of online modules: "The MyEconLab web site has separate work areas for students and instructors. For students, there are learning modules to explain course materials with computer graphics, multimedia content, and numerical calculations. There are also planning and review modules (calendar, study plan, homework, quizzes and tests) to coach students into the habit of active learning mode with regular practice exercises for tryouts as well as real quizzes and tests for marks. In particular, the result module provides instant feedback on student progress which is much faster than the traditional manual marking by instructors or teaching assistants."

Evidence

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