Online Education

Online Education Center

Orientation Details

Online Orientation for ECON-D002.-64Z
(It is highly recommended that you print out this page for future reference.)
Instructor Contact Information
Instructor Ann Burns
Office Hours By appointment.
Office Location DLC
Office Phone (408) 864-8999 X3673
A Message from your Instructor

Welcome to Economics 2 on the Internet! I have been teaching economics on the Internet for over ten years and in this time have seen an explosion in the number of Web-based courses being offered to college students. For many of you this will not be the first online course you have taken and you already know that taking a course in this way requires above-average self- discipline. I am pointing this out now because I do not want you to be disappointed with your performance in my class. You may also know that you could not have chosen a better time to study economics. The U.S. is a major player in an extremely dynamic global economy and is slowly recovering from the most severe financial/economic downturn since the Great Depression.

Almost every day economists and other policy-makers are required to adjust their views, and even to change some of their basic assumptions, as new data and unfolding events challenge their theories about how a modern economy operates. Using the rich information resources on the World Wide Web will give you access to the latest data and debate, and I look forward to our interactions with each other on the important issues in microeconomics.

You can reach me by e-mail at anytime.

The course is divided into 16 parts and you can see the syllabus and schedule online. There are individual assignments due for each part. You should read the course introduction as soon as you log on for the first time. This will give you a good overview of the course and the basic requirements. It is obviously important to get a running start and to work out any problems right away.

During the first week of class there may system-related problems and I can assist you with these.

Hours of Study
Be prepared to spend a minimum of 9-12 hours per week using and studying the course materials.
How to get started in your course
  • Apply for admission to De Anza College and register for this class, if you have not already done so. Completing this orientation DOES NOT enroll you in the course.
  • All registered and wait-listed students must complete the Online Orientation and submit the Student Information Form by noon on Tuesday, April 9.
  • If you are on the waitlist you must send me an email message requesting an add code, between 2 and 3 pm on Tuesday, April 9. I will then add waitlisted students in the order that corresponds to their place on the waitlist until the class is full. My email address is found above.
  • Other students who wish to add the class must send me an email message requesting an add code after 3 pm on Tuesday, April 9. If spaces are available, students will be given an add code and must then complete the Online Orientation by 12:00 PM (noon) on Friday, April 12. My email address is found above.
  • Obtain the required course materials.
  • This course is offered in Catalyst. Go to
    Bookmark this page, then follow the instructions found later in the orientation for logging into the couse. NOTE: You will not be able to login to Catalyst until the first day of the quarter. For late adds, it will take up to one day after you register for your account to be created.
  • Read the online Introduction and Syllabus, and start your week's reading and assignments.

Online Education
Building: MLC 210

Phone: 408.864.8969
M-Th: 9:00a-5:00p
F: 9:00a-4:00p


Last Updated: 1/27/16