The Stavros Center for Economic Education at Florida State University (FSU) has worked with a team of master teachers to develop a Common Sense: Economics for Life! course package. It focuses on what beginning students really need to know: the operation of markets, importance of entrepreneurship, the institutional elements of a prosperous economy, the economics of political decision-making, and important principles of personal finance.
The course pairs the economics primer Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity (St. Martin’s Press, 2010) with media technology in a manner that makes learning fun. The electronic package includes a flexible course shell, standard learning objectives, videos, exercises, audios, Excel spreadsheet activities, homework assignments, and a test bank for quizzes and exams. It is broken down into 15 core modules, one for each week of a normal semester. Everything is ready to transfer to various course management systems, including Blackboard and Moodle.