This is a complete on-line archive of the semi-annual electronic newsletter edited by William McEachern of the University of Connecticut. Through news items and reviews of web sites, new books and research, he examines economics teaching from a surprising number of angles.
Two years ago I took part in a workshop organised by the Economics Network. At this workshop Rebecca Taylor introduced the METAL project, an idea which really appealed to me as a lecturer in Economics. Therefore as soon as I learned that the Economics Network was seeking lecturers to trial METAL resources, I decided to play a part in their evaluation.
Department of Economics, Penn State University, USA
Published January 2009 (video put online January-March 2007)
This note introduces two teaching techniques that can be deployed to teach economic principles. The first technique highlights the importance of incentives while the second demonstrates diminishing utility. In both cases, student volunteers are used to engage the audience.
Department of Economics, The Management School, Lancaster University
Published November 2001
Having lectured on the second year undergraduate Microeconomic Principles course for a number of years, I was aware that many students found this course academically challenging, and often rather 'dry'. Consequently, in the 2000/1 academic year I introduced a Personal Response System (PRS) in the lectures. (Note 1)