Online courses have been offered for decades, but they entered the higher education mainstream during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This paper explains how thoughtful course design, based on research-based pedagogies, can enable instructors to teach principles of microeconomics effectively in online or hybrid courses. As faculty have begun teaching online, they have discovered the value of explicit course design. Course design is the process of creating the learning environment for a course. What online course designs promote student learning? A consistent finding is that learning takes place when students interact with course content, with their classmates and with the instructor. Course design should be chosen to encourage such interaction. Five elements can enhance course design: These are (1) interaction with course materials (emphasizing active learning), (2) high expectations for students, (3) building intellectual community, (4) interaction between students and instructor, and (5) interaction between students and other students.
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