Why did we do this?
Our principles of economics courses (macro and micro) have been a high priority for conversion to Open Educational Resources (OER) courses for a while because of the high course enrollments and potential cost-savings to students. When the COVID-19 Pandemic caused in-person learning to abruptly come to a halt and schools transitioned to online delivery, there was an immediate increased demand for substantive remote learning. We took this as an opportunity to redesign the Principles of Microeconomics course to provide a better learning experience and lower the cost to students as OER course.
Using the funding from U.S. Department of Education provided the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund and University System of Georgia Affordable Learning Grant a team was formed including subject matter experts from the Department of Economics, coding specialists from the Experimental Economics Center, and instructional designer from Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Dean's Office.