Welcome to ECO 240. This page is your guide to how you
get started. I also need to collect some information from
you, which I will do throughout this message (see Tasks
1 - 4).
You have started your tour of the course Web site already
by visiting the Main and Information
pages. Next, carefully read the course Syllabus.
(Note that Mallard Quiz 0 is about the Syllabus!) This is
a contract between me and you. Before you agree to stay
in this course you should know exactly what is
The third link in the Navigation row is the course Schedule.
Look over all four "pages" of the schedule, and
immediately jot down all the due dates listed in the schedule
so you won't miss the weekly assignments.
The Tutorials are one
of the three most often used links in the site (the other
two are Workbooks and Quizzes). Think of the Tutorials as
what I would say to you if we were meeting in a classroom.
Most of your work time for this class will be spent using
Excel Workbooks to solve
problems designed to clarify your understanding of key economic
models and concepts in each Tutorial. The Excel workbooks
are assigned to help you develop a clear understanding of
how to manipulate key economic models as you learn key concepts.
This will give you a proper foundation for successfully
passing the online quizzes and completing the out-of-class
projects on your own.
The sixth link, Quizzes,
is a very important link. Mallard is a Web-based system
for asynchronous, interactive learning developed at the
University of Illinois. I have programmed Mallard to create
a Homework Quiz system. Mallard randomly generates and selects
questions for a homework quiz from a designated pool of
questions for each concept we cover in the course. You will
take your Mallard homework quiz on-line and it will be graded
on-line. The Mallard system will then record your grade
in the on-line grade book module. You must earn a minimum
grade of 60% on a homework quiz before Mallard will record
your grade in the grade book. Within the time period allotted
for a homework quiz, you may repeat a quiz up to five times
to earn the grade you desire. However, for the questions
you answer incorrectly, you will be quizzed using a different
set of questions over the same concepts each time that you
repeat a Mallard homework quiz. Homework quizzes taken after
the allotted time period will be assessed a 10 point late
penalty for each day that your quiz is late up to a maximum
of 4 days. After 4 late days, you may continue to take the
quiz, but no new grade will be recorded in Mallard's grade
book. Your semester homework quiz average is calculated
after dropping your lowest homework quiz grade.
Task 1: Change your Mallard Quizzes
Mallard is password protected. Your ID is your last name
(first letter capitalized, hyphenated names have the hyphen
replaced by a space). Your password, for now, is Mallard
(with a capital M). So, here is task number one.
I suggest that you change your password the first time you
use Mallard. Click on the link to Change Mallard Password
and follow the instructions. Note that your Mallard password
will not automatically change when you change your
To access a Mallard quiz, click on the Quizzes Page link.
You will note that I have already posted the quizzes. Please
record the due dates on your personal calendar.
Task 2: Log on to WebBoard
Next, click on the Webboard
link in the navigation row. This link takes you to the Web-based
messaging software that we will use as the primary means
of communicating with each other out of class. If you have
never used a WebBoard before, WebBoard will ask you to establish
an account the first time you open this link. Use your ULID
as your logon name and your regular password. Note that
your WebBoard password will not automatically change
when you change your ULID password...
So, here is task number three. Please log-on to
WebBoard ASAP. After you succeed in entering WebBoard, you
will note that I have divided the course into five sections:
Markets and Prices, Consumers, Producers, Product Markets,
and Input Markets. Each section of the course has its own
WebBoard is where we will conduct the everyday business
of the course. We will use the Chat feature for informal
course-related chat and for virtual office hours. You will
note that WebBoard allows you to view a threaded discussion
of topics for the course. You will be asked to post messages
concerning the various assignments here.
The One-Minute Paper link
(in row two) is for the classroom section of the course.
You will complete this online survey at the end of each
Task 3: Select PIN for Grades
The second link in the second row, Grades to date, brings
up the complete course grade book. After each assignment
is graded, I will post those grades by a 4-digit personal
identification number (PIN). Use it to keep track of how
you are doing in the course. So, here is task number
three. Please send me an e-mail message
with a 4-digit PIN ASAP. If I do not hear from you, I will
use the last four digits in your social security number
as your PIN.
Task 4: Identify preferred E-mail
I know that some of you prefer not to use your Illinois
State University e-mail address. So, here is task number
four. Send me a message
ASAP with the e-mail address you want me to use.