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Schiller Essentials 8e

Connect for Schiller, Essentials of Economics, 8e

Bradley Schiller

Essentials of Economics is the market leader for the one-semester survey course. In just about 400 pages, it provides a solid introduction to the core concepts of economics with an emphasis on real-world examples and current events. Essentials has earned its popular success because, unlike other books on the market, it is free of the abstract and complex theory that requires more time than this course allows. Instead, the text is clean and concise, with many examples of significance to students today, including Headlines and Policy Perspectives that use current events to help illustrate the topics discussed. This real-world policy emphasis is a distinctive feature of Schiller’s text and is integral to its dominance of the survey text market.

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Key Features

  • SmartBook

    SmartBook

    SmartBook is the first and only adaptive reading experience designed to change the way students read and learn. It creates a personalized reading experience by highlighting the most impactful concepts a student needs to learn at that moment in time.  As a student engages with SmartBook, the reading experience continuously adapts by highlighting content based on what the student knows and doesn’t know. This ensures that the focus is on the content he or she needs to learn, while simultaneously promoting long-term retention of material. Use SmartBook’s real-time reports to quickly identify the concepts that require more attention from individual students–or the entire class. The end result? Students are more engaged with course content, can better prioritize their time, and come to class ready to participate.

  • content tagging

    Content Tagging

    All assignable content within Connect Economics is tagged across several categories including chapter learning objectives, Bloom’s Taxonomy levels, topic area, difficulty level, and AACSB criteria. Instructors have the ability to filter using these categories in order to build assignments around desired learning goals. Reports aggregate student performance across these areas to help instructors identify weak points, track performance across learning outcomes and compare performance across sections or terms.

  • YouTube Assignments

    YouTube Assignments

    The authors have identified scores of engaging YouTube videos illustrating basic economic concepts and created auto-graded assignments organized by chapter in Connect Economics. The assignments provide a YouTube video link and include an accompanying question and explanation detailing how the video relates to topics covered in Schiller’s text. Instructor materials also include discussion questions that can be used with the videos.

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  • LearnSmart

    LearnSmart is an adaptive study tool proven to strengthen memory recall, increase class retention, and boost grades. Students are able to study more efficiently because they are made aware of what they know and don’t know. Real-time reports quickly identify the concepts that require more attention from individual students—or the entire class.

  • Graphing Tools

    Graphing tools within Connect Economics provide opportunities for students to draw, interact with, manipulate, and analyze graphs in their online auto-graded assignments, as they would with pencil and paper.

  • Video Cases

    Two-part video segments featuring real business examples and auto-graded, integrated concept checks help students apply economic concepts to the world around them.

  • Self-Quiz and Study

    Connect’s Self-Quiz and Study takes students through a practice test, then recommends readings, study tools, and additional practice.

  • Integrated eBook

    When learning tools are interactive, content is more approachable and engagement is deeper. Connect includes an Integrated eBook that builds student comprehension through animation, audio and video. As part of its rich media format, students can insert and review notes, highlight text, conduct searches for specific content and interact with high-impact images.

  • End of Chapter and Testbank Content

    Connect includes direct textbook End-of-Chapter problem material, select Algorithmic problem material, and Test Bank questions. Assign students online homework, test and quiz questions with multiple problem types, algorithmic variation, and randomized question order. This fully integrated solution helps students master the concepts, practice problems and ultimately achieve success.

     

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