EconED 2014 Agenda

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014

TimeSpeakerTalk 
1:00 PM Kalina Staub

Tiny Lady, Big Classroom: What I learned (and am still learning) my first year as a young, female professor in a large classroom
"Some of the expected and unexpected challenges I faced as a young, female instructor teaching in a large classroom for the first time. I will also suggest possible solutions and encourage the audience to brainstorm solutions as well."

1:35 PMMicah Pollak 

Animated Lecture Slides and the Struggle for Good and Evil
Animated lecture slides are often derided as being superfluous and distracting. However, if used properly, animations can improve student retention and be a powerful tool for good.

2:10 PM Jodi BeggsModels Behaving Badly: Introducing Behavioral Economics Intro Econ 101
"Textbooks are beginning to integrate behavioral economics into principles textbooks, but it's not always clear how behavioral concepts affect the traditional models that instructors teach at the introductory level. This talk will outline the ways economic actors can deviate from the assumption of rationality and give several examples of how to adapt basic models in order to take these irrationalities into account."
2:45 PMJose Vazquez 

Flipping the classroom?

3:20 PMPaul Fisher

Building an Assessable Economics Curriculum
"Assessment is front and center for most institutions of higher education these days, and one way or another the percentage of institutions who take assessment very seriously is going to increase in the coming years. This talk will explore learning objectives, program learning outcomes, and other curricular elements of the Principles sequence."

3:55 PMSolina Lindahl 

Carrots, sticks and tech tricks in the classroom: Motivating students to achieve more
Incentives are important, but how do you create good motivators for students that don't take up all of your prep time? Improvements in education technology and new pedagogical research are paving the way for smarter, tailored strategies that improve the quantity and quality of our students' preparation. This talk will cover adaptive learning, homework structure and distributed practice and in-class participation with a brief look at online games.

4:30 PMSteve Gohman

Why are there so few breweries in the South?
"Economic and religious interests are aligned in the south, but not in the north. Although strange bedfellows, both large beer manufacturers and Baptists can benefit from fewer breweries."

5:05 PMEric Chiang 

Assessments for Online Classes: Choosing the Best Mechanism for Your Class
"As online course offerings continue to expand in most schools, academic integrity takes on a greater importance with respect to assessments. This talk will briefly discuss and compare four popular mechanisms used to proctor student exams in online courses: 1) Testing Centers, 2) Mandatory In-Class Exams, 3) Remote Live Proctoring (e.g., ProctorU), and 4) Remote On-Demand Proctoring (e.g., Software Secure)."

5:40 PMAlex Tabarrok 

The Industrial Organization of Online Education
"Online education has cost and flexibility advantages over in-class teaching. Online education also has a different cost structure than in-class teaching, namely lower marginal cost but higher and endogenous fixed costs. I discuss how these advantages and differences in cost structure will disrupt and shape the future of higher education."

 

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2014

TimeSpeakerTalk
8:00 AMJadrian Wooten 

Taking Class Up a Notch Using Simple Projects & Surveys
"There's a constant struggle to maintain a level of rigor while also keeping students engage. Simplifying the assumptions of more complex projects allows students to read journal articles, develop research questions, and analyze data even before taking a math class. Don't let a lack of prerequisites stop you from teaching at a higher level and challenging your students to achieve more."

8:35 AMKristen Zaborski 

Instagraph: Using Instagram in Economics courses
"Using Social Media in Economics courses. The talk focuses on using Instagram in Economics courses."

9:10 AM Bob Kling 

Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers: 10 Ideas for Enhanced Cross-Cultural Classroom Learning.
"Not only is the US resident college population increasingly culturally diverse, but college classes include rapidly expanding numbers of international students eager to benefit from US-style higher education. With a focus on international students, this talk suggests numerous tactics for lowering some cultural barriers that might otherwise inhibit effective learning in economics courses."

9:45 AMJames Tierney

Being an Educator: why it's not just teaching.
"You would not be attending this conference if you were just a "teacher." You are here because you want to be an "educator." You want to be a motivator, an inspirer, a path to a better life, and the list goes on. But as a new instructor who is just settling in, how do you become that motivator? How do you inspire your students while also developing curriculum, adding to your CV, and doing countless hours of administrative work and college service? Hopefully I can provide some tips and trick and we can have a fulfilling discussion on what it means to be an educator and why we shouldn't just teach."

10:20 AMKim Holder

Rock-o-nomix
"If you've ever wanted your students to be as passionate about economics as you are, challenge them to to create their own economics-themed music video parody and compete with universities across the country."

10:55 AMDavid Anderson

Video in the Economics Classroom
"While inappropriate as a main course, video can be a valuable garnish on a teacher's plate alongside lecture, discussion, classroom experiments, and problem solving. What level of use is appropriate? What applications are effective? In this session, Professor Anderson will demonstrate video applications and explain potential pitfalls. Participants will then discuss the pros and cons of using video to enhance learning. Teachers will have the opportunity to explain best practices in the use of video and classroom technology."

11:30 AMJustin Wolfers

Teaching Useful Economics
"Teaching Useful economics is about demonstrating to our students that they can mobilize the key principles that animate economic reasoning to make better decisions in their personal and professional lives."

12:05 PMPaul Krugman 

Stagnation: the Next Generation
"Is it possible that the economic conditions of the past 6 years - a persistently depressed economy with very low interest rates - is becoming the new normal? If so, why?"

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