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Saturday, June 3, 2017

CTREE 2017

Thank you to everyone who presented, discussed, chaired and attended! This was the first time I have been the chair of a conference organizing committee and while it was a lot of work, it was also a lot of fun and I'm pretty proud of the program we put together. A few highlights for me:
  • I was psyched to see multiple papers where the authors were looking at the impact of something happening in one course by focusing on outcomes at a later point in time, like performance in the follow-on intermediate course. One of my biggest problems with a lot of the SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) literature is that in most effectiveness studies, the outcomes are within-course measures, like scores on a final exam or final course grades. While it's certainly reassuring that outcomes like these are not negatively affected by pedagogical changes like active learning, I have always felt that the more important questions involve what happens after students leave our classroom. Do they retain more? Do they understand at a deeper level? Can they transfer what they have learned to new and different situations? In my mind, these are the outcomes that active learning should be helping with. Of course, data on students is harder to get once they have left our class but it's great to see more people working to get at these longer-term effects.
  • Another reason I think it's important to follow students beyond the end of the semester we have them is because regardless of academic 'performance', I believe pedagogical choices that engage students probably also makes them more likely to become majors but there is a really small amount of research on this. Looking for some of that research is on my to-do list, prompted in part by the awesome plenary by David Wilcox at the Fed dinner on Wednesday night. Since I'm not a macro person, the Fed dinner is usually not that interesting to me but Wilcox devoted his time to discussing diversity (and the lack thereof) in the profession. I have a lot of ideas about this and hope to write more about some of them soon...
  • I was also pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the first plenary which focused on personal financial education. I have to admit, I tend to downplay the connection between personal finance and economics, in part because I really don't want people to think economics is "just" about balancing a checkbook, but Annamaria Lusardi made a compelling case for teaching financial literacy that made me realize how closely connected it is to what I think of as economic literacy. If we can do a better job of teaching financial literacy to students, they will be well on their way to understanding economic literacy more generally.  
In addition to re-invigorating my passion for economics education, it was simply great to see old friends and meet new ones, as well as just put faces with all the names I had come to know from doing the program. To those who attended, I hope you found it more valuable than your next best alternative!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Econ Ed at the ASSAs

For those who will be braving the Chicago winter to attend the ASSA meetings, I hope to see you at one of the teaching-related sessions! And don't forget the AEA's Committee on Economics Education's reception on Friday evening!


AEA Committee on Economic Education Poster Session
Friday, Jan. 6, 2017; 8:00 AM– 10:00 AM
Hyatt Regency Chicago, Toronto
Hosted By: AMERICAN ECONOMIC ASSOCIATION
Chair: Steve Cobb, University of North Texas

MACRO Monopoly: Applying a Game-Based Economic Development Lesson
Kim Holder , University of West Georgia

Using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to Teach Economics Concepts
Matthew Pham , Landmark College
Jim Koskoris , Landmark College

In Search of Best Classroom Practices
Hari S. Luitel , Algoma University

Oxford-Style Inspired Academic Competitive Debates With a Twist on Hot Topics of International Economics and Finance
Sylwia E. Starnawska , State University of New York-Empire State College

Industrial Design at the Service of Teaching Economics: 3D-Printed Prototypes and Materialized Demonstrations of Utility and Production Functions
Seyyed Ali Zeytoon Nejad Moosavian , North Carolina State University

An Atlas of Economics: Teaching Tools for Navigating the “Big Picture”
Alexandra Naumenko , North Carolina State University
Seyyed Ali Zeytoon Nejad Moosavian , North Carolina State University

The Use of an Online Discussion Forum by Students to Collaborate on the Development of a Study Guide in Applied Econometrics
Rod D. Raehsler , Clarion University

Reshaped for High-Level Learning: Student Outcomes in the Redesign of an Undergraduate Macroeconomics Course
Lawrence P. DeBoer , Purdue University
Anna Josephson , Purdue University
David B. Nelson , Purdue University

Media Resources for Teaching Behavioral Economics
G.  Dirk Mateer , University of Arizona
Charity Joy Acchiardo , University of Arizona
Marie Briguglio , University of Malta

Encouraging Students to Form Study Groups in Learning Economics
Jennjou Chen , National Chengchi University
Tsui-Fang Lin , National Taipei University

Is Less More?
Richard G. Anderson , Lindenwood University
Areerat Kichkha , Lindenwood University
Michael J. Mathea , Lindenwood University

Inflation and Government Economic Policies
Brian W. Sloboda , University of Maryland and University College

Game Theory, Gamified
Adam Galambos , Lawrence University

Stimulation with Simulation: Oligopoly Markets at Work
Mandie Weinandt , University of South Dakota

Comparing Delivery Mode: Student Learning in Money and Banking
Kathryn Birkeland , University of South Dakota

Indexing Multimedia Resources for Digital Pedagogies in Economic Education
Howard H. Cochran, Jr. , Belmont University
Marieta V. Velikova , Belmont University
Bradley D. Childs , Belmont University

Informal Writing in Economics
Ranganath Murthy , Western New England University

Syllabus and Economics: Reasoning With Generation “Why”
Mariya Burdina , University of Central Oklahoma
Sue Lynn Sasser , University of Central Oklahoma

Improving Assessment of Learning in Economics Courses With Value-Added Analysis of Test Scores
William B. Walstad , University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Jamie Wagner , University of Nebraska-Omaha


Great Ideas for Making the Principles of Economics Relevant
 Panel Discussion
 Friday, Jan. 6, 2017    10:15 AM    – 12:15 PM
 Hyatt Regency Chicago, Regency D
Hosted By:  AMERICAN ECONOMIC ASSOCIATION
Chair:  Gail Hoyt, University of Kentucky

Panelist(s)
Dean Karlan , Yale University
Topic: Economic Development and Poverty
David Cutler , Harvard University
Topic: Health Care Issues and Policy
Cecilia Rouse , Princeton University
Topic: The Economics of Education and Policy


Economic Education: Interaction of Economics, Financial Literacy, and Mathematics 
Paper Session
 Friday, Jan. 6, 2017    12:30 PM    – 2:15 PM
 Hyatt Regency Chicago, Randolph 1
Hosted By:  NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ECONOMIC EDUCATORS
Chair:  Carlos Asarta, University of Delaware

At What Age Should High School Students Take Their Capstone Personal Finance Course?
Andrew T. Hill , Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
Carlos Asarta , University of Delaware

Financial Literacy and Education in the First Semester of College: What Do Students Know and Learn?
Elizabeth Breitbach , University of South Carolina
Jamie Wagner , University of Nebraska-Omaha
William B. Walstad , University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Exploring Interdependence between Mathematical Ability, Economics and Financial Literacy
Abdullah Al-Bahrani , Northern Kentucky University
Whitney Douglas-Buser , Young Harris College
Kim Holder , University of West Georgia
Darshak Patel , University of Kentucky

Economics Across the Curriculum: Effective Delivery of Economics Instruction to High School Students
Natalia V. Smirnova , American Institute for Economic Research

Discussant(s)
Jamie Wagner , University of Nebraska-Omaha
Kim Holder , University of West Georgia
Carlos Asarta , University of Delaware

The Economics Major: Present and Future
Paper Session
 Friday, Jan. 6, 2017    2:30 PM    – 4:30 PM
 Hyatt Regency Chicago, Atlanta
Hosted By:  AMERICAN ECONOMIC ASSOCIATION
Chair:  Sam Allgood, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Trends in Enrollment in Economics and Other Undergraduate Majors
Wendy Stock , Montana State University

Undergraduate Economics Coursework and Financial Behaviors Over Time
William Bosshardt , Florida Atlantic University
William B. Walstad , University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Preparing Students to "Do Economics" After Graduation
Gail Hoyt , University of Kentucky
KimMarie McGoldrick , University of Richmond

Learning Outcomes for Economists
Sam Allgood , University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Amanda Bayer , Swarthmore College

Discussant(s)
David C. Colander , Middlebury College
Carly Urban , Montana State University
Eric P. Chiang , Florida Atlantic University
Lee Coppock , University of Virginia


Teaching the Great Recession Using Radical Economics
Paper Session
 Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017    8:00 AM    – 10:00 AM
 Swissotel Chicago, Monte Rosa
Hosted By:  UNION FOR RADICAL POLITICAL ECONOMICS
Chair:  Jared Ragusett, Central Connecticut State University

The Great Recession and College Freshmen: A Radical Perspective
Rachel Dennis , Buffalo State College
Wiliam Ganley , Buffalo State College

Teaching the Great Recession: A Role-Playing Exercise
Rojhat Avsar , Columbia College

An Institutionalist’s Approach to the Teaching of the Great Recession in an Undergraduate-Level Money and Banking Course
Valerie Kepner , King’s College

The Political Economy of the Great Recession at Central Connecticut State University
Jared Ragusett , Central Connecticut State University


New Content for Introductory Economics
Panel Discussion
 Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017    10:15 AM    – 12:15 PM
 Hyatt Regency Chicago, Crystal B
Hosted By:  AMERICAN ECONOMIC ASSOCIATION
Chair:  Edward L. Glaeser, Harvard University

Panelist(s)
Timothy Besley , London School of Economics and Political Science
E. Glen Weyl , Microsoft Research and Yale University
Wendy Carlin , University College London
Samuel Bowles , Santa Fe Institute
Paul Solman , PBS NewsHour, Yale University, and Gateway Community College


Updating the Undergraduate Econometrics CurriculumPaper Session
 Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017    10:15 AM    – 12:15 PM
 Hyatt Regency Chicago, Regency D
Hosted By:  AMERICAN ECONOMIC ASSOCIATION
Chair:  Derek Neal, University of Chicago

Time Series Econometrics for the 21st Century
Bruce E. Hansen , University of Wisconsin-Madison

Undergraduate Econometrics Instruction: Through Our Classes, Darkly
Joshua Angrist , Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Perspectives on Teaching Introductory Econometrics
Jeffrey Wooldridge , Michigan State University


Teaching Macroeconomics Using Data
Panel Discussion
 Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017    12:30 PM    – 2:15 PM
 Hyatt Regency Chicago, Randolph 1
Hosted By:  NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ECONOMIC EDUCATORS
Chair:  Carlos Asarta, University of Delaware

Panelist(s)
William Goffe , Pennsylvania State University
Diego Mendez-Carbajo , Illinois Wesleyan University
Mark Maier , Glendale Community College
Keith G. Taylor , Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis


Evidence-Based Teaching in Economics
Paper Session
 Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017    2:30 PM    – 4:30 PM
 Hyatt Regency Chicago, Toronto
Hosted By:  AMERICAN ECONOMIC ASSOCIATION
Chair:  Jennifer Imazeki, San Diego State University

Evidence-Based Teaching in Economics: An Overview
Jennifer Imazeki , San Diego State University

Maximizing Efficient Student Talk: Lessons from Team-Based Learning and Cooperative Learning
Mark Maier , Glendale Community College

Adaptive Learning as a Tool to Build Content Mastery
Karen Gebhardt , Colorado State University

Are Your Students Absent, Not Absent, or Present? Mindfulness and Student Performance
Eric P. Chiang , Florida Atlantic University
Albert J. Sumell , Youngstown State University

Discussant(s)
Jose J. Vazquez Cognet , University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
Molly Espey , Clemson University
William Goffe , Pennsylvania State University
Oskar Harmon , University of Connecticut