Designing Adaptable Courses

CTaLE Working Papers related to Designing Adaptable Courses. If interested, please get in touch with the respective academics of each project.

Teaching is never just an exposition of pure fact and objective knowledge as it always comes with an intent or purpose. As a result educators and students need to pay attention to the storytelling dimension of their teaching and learning. Integrating storytelling techniques into class-teaching and curriculum- or course-design can also be a powerful tool to inspire engagement and a channel through which both teacher as well as student can take ownership of the process they go through.

Adaptable Learning Design in Economics Guide

Prof. Parama Chaudhury and Prof. Cloda Jenkins

Moving to Adaptable Learning Design in Economics
The guide above contains Principles, Tips and Tools on how to change an economics course so that it is adaptable and resilient to exogenous shocks such as we have experienced with COVID-19. You can also watch a video , from Prof Jenkins, on how to start thinking about adapting your course. This is Version 1 reflective of what we have learnt to date. We plan on updating the guide and welcome feedback to help us with this


Economics of Cryptocurrencies: lessons from literature

Dr. Silvia Dal Bianco

In this project, Silvia applies standard economic frameworks to investigate the economic nature of cryptocurrencies, and bitcoin in particular, as well as their macroeconomic consequences. The project is divided into two parts. The first one is specifically focused on bitcoins and it aims to understand whether bitcoin has to be considered as money or not. The second part is concerned with Central Bank Digital Currencies and the possible impact they might have on payment systems and monetary policy transmission mechanism.

This project has lead to two contributions on the book entitled: “The Economics of Cryptocurrencies” edited by Joseph M. Munoz and Michael Frenkel. The project has benefitted from the efforts of undergraduate research assistants and the generosity of SHS Dean Funds and the Laidlaw Scholarship.


Economics in the Star Wars Universe

Dr. Frank Witte

The Star Wars Universe offers a wealth of structures and characters to explore the fantasy depiction by authors of economic and political incentives and decision-making processes, moral and ethical dilemma’s in this fictional universe, as well as the impact these depictions have on the readers of these stories and the decisions they face in the real world. As a result, not only can we find inspiration in the Star Wars story-telling for our own teaching and teaching methods, but analysing the stories can provide a context within which we can view human decision-making from “a certain point of view”.

A blog-post about the politics and economics of Star Wars story-telling:
Escapism, Popcorn entertainment? Or political film of the year?


Reading and Researching Economics in the Digital Age

Dr. Silvia Dal Bianco

The aim of this project is to develop a more digitalised learning experience for Economics students at UCL. This has been perceived as of fundamental importance. On the one hand, UCL’s Central London location is challenging in terms of teaching/learning spaces and commuting time and, on the other, it is necessary to align our didactics to digital native students’ expectations, in terms of delivering methods and content. Hence, in summer 2019, I designed a short online course on digital tools for economics research. Currently this short course features as a Skills Lab for Economics students. This research would not have been possible without Dean’s funds and the help of two exceptional undergraduate research assistants.