January brings new resolutions, new calendars, and new courses from TEL. This Spring, we’re starting to build out our business courses with Microeconomics and also expanding our history lineup with World Civilizations.
As we continue to look at the needs of our partner schools and students for general education courses, we recognize we have a gap when it comes to introductory business courses. Our three-hour microeconomics course is the first of several that will fill this need.
In this course, students will explore what it means to think on the margin and understand the key principles of economics, including:
- supply and demand
- the impact of cost, utility, and externalities on businesses and markets
- the impact of government policies and taxing; different forms of markets
- the roles of profit and elasticity and competition
- wages and how production decisions are made
- the factors of production
Like all TEL courses, Microeconomics is designed to be self-paced. It should require approximately 166 contact hours to successfully complete it. In addition to a number of participation exercises such as Check Your Knowledge quizzes and discussion questions, students will complete 14 module quizzes, three mastery assignments, a midterm, and a final exam. As part of the mastery assignments, students will create a business plan and do research to examine the impact of competition and different competitive strategies on their business plan.
Microeconomics will be available for current partner schools in early January 2021.
Expanding our history courses outside of the United States, World Civilizations joins U.S. History I and II as our third history course. This three-hour course focuses on civilizations before 1492 and the early foundations of civilization that led to future European colonialism and imperialism.
While the course does highlight classical Western cultures such as those of Rome, Greece, and Egypt, students will spend most of their study on the civilizations of East Asia, specifically China and India, as well as the Middle East, Africa, and pre-Columbian America. Throughout the course, students will be expected to:
- Exercise historical evaluation skills through synthesizing a personal connection to and interpretation of the past
- Engage in ethical inquiry through an analysis of primary and secondary sources to discuss, pose, and answer historical questions
- Examine the contribution of key historical figures, cultures, and societies
- Connect historical events, themes, and outcomes in an analysis on a chosen topic
- Demonstrate an understanding of historiography, why history is studied, and how events relate to one another
- Examine and dissect complex cause and effect relationships between ideas and events to develop a complete understanding of the narrative of history and demonstrate the impact that accidents, irrational behavior, and events have on history
As a self-paced course, World Civilizations works for both asynchronous and blended learning environments. This course includes 177 contact hours and incorporates a number of participation exercises. Students are also asked to complete more than a dozen module quizzes, three mastery assignments, a midterm, and a final exam. Through the mastery assignments, students will write a research paper that analyzes the impact of specific individuals, cultures, and societies within their research topic of interest.
World Civilizations will be available for our partner schools by the end of January 2021.