News from the Economics Network
On 11 November 2013, HM Treasury hosted a workshop entitled Teaching economics as if the last three decades had happened.
This event was both the next instalment in Diane Coyle's project to discuss and evaluate the relevance of the economics curriculum and the launch of the INET CORE project, an international effort to change the core curriculum.
The Economics Network runs residential two-day workshops specifically designed to meet the needs of new and early-career lecturers in economics. The next workshop is in the University of Manchester on the 18-19 October. The event is free to all new and early economics lecturers at UK higher education institutions and online booking is available.
The Economics Graduate Teaching Assistant Symposium has been designed as a follow-up to the Economics Postgraduate Teaching Assistants workshops, providing economics GTAs with the opportunity to come back together, share their experiences and build on their teaching skills.
It will take place on Wednesday 2nd April 2014 in London. Online booking is available.
We are currently putting together the programme for this autumn's GTA and new lecturer workshops. The full programme of workshops will be published on our website as soon as possible, but there are already a few open for booking online.
Jorum.ac.uk, the national archive of Open Educational Resources, is offering £75 of Amazon vouchers to lecturers for taking part in a survey to identify small collections of related resources. The Jorum database includes hundreds of freely-licensed articles for economics, including many learning resources submitted to the Economics Network or created by funded programmes.
In our latest case study, Dr Melanie Jones of Swansea University reviews the initiatives, lessons learned and consequences of attempting to develop a genuine partnership with an affiliate college.
The latest case study in our Reflections on Teaching series comes from Prof. Steve Cook of Swansea University Business School, who writes "while the motivation underlying forecast combination is quite intuitive, the associated algebra can prove less accessible. As a result, I have developed an Excel spreadsheet to illustrate and demonstrate the relevant issues associated with the approach[...]."