February 4 2009 Webinar Information

To participate you will need a phone and internet connection. Dial in to: 1.800.704.9804. Once connected, provide the access code: 89887611

Use *6 to mute and unmute your telephone line during the call (useful if someone has a lot of background noise
on their end). Unmute to talk, mute to listen.


  • Module development coordinators for April 2009 module development workshop

Preparatory Homework

  • Download the free webinar software, Yugma. We will be using this software for the Feb. 4 webinar so it is important to take care of this ahead of time.
    • This link takes you to the download site, including versions for macs and PCs.
    • Yugma provides free web conferencing software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions. It is a secure, easy-to-use, feature-rich, web conferencing and collaboration software service that allows users to host or attend online meetings using Windows, Mac, or Linux computers.
  • Develop a Teaching Example associated with your pedagogical practice
    • The Pedagogies in Action site has over 700 such examples (referred to as 'activities') in their Library Collection, categorized by subject or pedagogical practice. Note that each Teaching Example has a specific format and organization that includes the following components: Summary, Learning Goals, Context for Use, Description and Teaching Materials, Teaching Notes and Tips, Assessment, and References and Resources.
    • Recall that an example was provided in the Module Developers Manual.
    • Your task in preparation for this webinar is to develop a draft Teaching Example for your module based on the criteria provided in the manual. For the moment we are asking that you draft this in a Word document so that you better understand the components of an example. This will provide needed insight as to the content your module should have which ultimately supports such examples. Please note that we anticipate that a version of this activity will eventually be posted as one of the examples that populate the module so you are taking the first step towards developing your module. Please send us a copy of your Teaching Example no later than noon EST on Wednesday February 4th.
    • Looking ahead: Eventually you (and others submitting examples for your module) will use an online "Teaching Examples" form to ensure completeness and consistency across examples. An example of this form is available at the Starting Point - Teaching Entry-Level Geoscience site. For now, however, simply develop your Teaching Example as Word document. Later, you can cut and paste into a version of this form that we will develop for our Starting Point - Teaching Economics site.


  • Timeline of activities
    • March 2: Webinar (Time to be determined)
      • Participants: Module Coordinators, Mark, Scott, KimMarie, Cathy, SERC Staff
      • Introduction to putting the module online
    • March 6: Short bio and pictures due from workshop participants
    • March 13: Webinar
      • Participants: Module Coordinators, Workshop Participants, Mark, Scott, KimMarie, Cathy, SERC Staff
      • Setting expectations for workshop (preparation and participation)
    • March 20: Draft module complete for workshop participants to review
    • April 5-7, 2009 Module Development Workshop Information [at SERC, Carleton College, Northfield, MN]
      • (Site will be live soon and will contain information regarding each of the following)
      • Workshop Overview
      • Workshop Program
      • Participants and Activities
      • Workshop Logistics
      • Example Submission
  • Module components (from Module Developer's Manual)
    • Module Introduction
    • Description of the Pedagogic Practice
    • Effectiveness in Promoting Student Learning
    • How to Implement the Pedagogic Practice
    • Discipline-Based Teaching Examples
    • References and Resources
  • Next Steps
    • Contact workshop participants (Mark, KimMarie and Scott will initiate)
      • Set expectations (for economists and experts in other disciplines)
      • Request bio- official contact information, short description
      • Provide contact information of Module Coordinators
      • Coordinator subsequently contacts all participants associated with their module
    • Solicit examples for module
      • Provide project description, criteria for examples, and example created as described above
      • Submission form will be available March 1
    • Draft module components


Starting Point - Teaching Economics Developers' Manual
Module Developers Manual (Acrobat (PDF) 1.5MB Feb28 09)

Supporting Documentation for Developing SERC Pages
Developing Web Pages


Information regarding the Starting Point-Teaching Economics project, such as module coordinator responsibilities, module creation resources, schedules, and workshop-related details will be posted regularly on the Starting Point-Teaching Economics site. Check back regularly for updated information. See Starting Point-Teaching Economics Home Page