Category Archives: Teaching and Learning

Is teaching more than content delivery?

Good teaching should be. As I prep for classes this year, I feel meta—I feel like I may be seeing or understanding things more clearly than before. Student and instructor enthusiasm is high at the beginning of the term.  As … Continue reading

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Qualitative Analysis of Econ201online

Last semester (as readers of this blog know), I taught my first fully online course, Principles of Macroeconomics.  I also taught a second section in my traditional face-to-face mode.  As part of the assessment of my online course, I asked … Continue reading

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Online Teaching & Learning: It’s harder than it looks

It has been said that no plan survives first contact and that has certainly been my experience teaching online this semester.  I thought I was well prepared to teach this course, as well prepared as anyone can be who has … Continue reading

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Video Clips for the Online Course

The online course seemed to do worse again on the second midterm, especially on the analytical parts. I decided that I really needed to video record my class lectures on analytical topics.  I tracked down the equipment and recorded nearly … Continue reading

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Addendum

After I wrote the last post, I found I keep thinking about some of the concerns I raised there. The advantage of presenting analytic material in class (in my interactive lecture sort of way) is that I get a read … Continue reading

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Week 4 Report on my online course

Last week I was distracted by other things, so it was ironic that we began the first seriously analytical topic in my course: the theory of supply & demand.  This was one of the two topics I knew in advance … Continue reading

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Week 3 Report on my online course

This was a transition week as wrapped up Topic 1 and moved on to Topic 2.  The last step for Topic 1 was that I divided the class into groups of three students, and each group had the responsibility of … Continue reading

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Second Week Report on my online course

This week was harder than week one.  I’m still spending as much as twice the time in prepping and teaching my face-to-face section in my online section.  I’m hoping this will diminish once we get up to speed. One lesson … Continue reading

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The “Game” of School

The “game” of school played by faculty and students claims to be about learning, but in truth it’s about grades, credits and filtering.  The students fully understand this; that’s why they behave as they do in our courses.  (Sannier made … Continue reading

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2012 ELI Post Mortem – Where do we go from here?

There is a lot in this post, but rather than waiting until I have the time to think it through, I’m going to put it up.  I’m sure that’s better than never posting it at all. Despite the many participants … Continue reading

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