UNL developing digital economics curriculum

McGraw-Hill Higher Education and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are developing what they called the first-ever fully digital curriculum for introductory economics.
The curriculum, offered in English and Spanish, will feature a range of multimedia components and will be on McGraw-Hill’s course management platform, Connect, and through a variety of other learning management systems.
Sold by subscription, the curriculum will include McGraw-Hill’s adaptive learning tools that determine a student’s subject-area strengths and weaknesses, as well as videos for each learning objective, online assessments, an interactive digital workbook, and a smart device app to deliver the course on mobile devices.
The authors of the course — UNL College of Business Administration economics professors Roger Butters and Carlos Asarta — teach introductory courses and economics curriculum design. Butters lectures on economics and international finance around the world, and is the president of the Nebraska Council on Economic Education, a statewide initiative to advance economic literacy. Asarta, who teaches principles of economics and intermediate courses, has received numerous university teaching awards.
Butters and Asarta are creating elements of the curriculum in a way that enables instructors to choose when, where and how they will teach each concept. Assessment technology will be used to monitor student progress toward each learning objective.
McGraw-Hill and the university said they are employing a new “digital-first” development strategy with this economics curriculum, in which every component is developed specifically for an online learning environment. McGraw-Hill plans to use the digital-first product development strategy for a number of other academic subject areas in the near future.

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