This past week my colleague, Christian Spielmann and I were in Atlanta in the US for the annual Conference on Teaching and Research in Economic Education (CTREE) organized by the American Economic Association. This conference brings together economics educators from around the world (though the majority are US-based) to present their scholarly work on teaching … More CTREE 2016
One of the fun things I got to do over the Easter break was to visit Yale University as part of the Yale-UCL Teaching and Learning Collaboration. I had taught there for a year almost 10 years ago, so going back to my old haunts and meeting old friends was a fabulous experience. I met … More Over the hills and far away
One of the projects we’re most excited about is our collaboration with the Department of Economics at Yale University. The aim of this project is to link up individual students and staff in order to share the teaching and learning experience at these two great institutions and learn from each other. As a part of … More Something Special
Research-based education – as opposed to just research-led or research-informed teaching – is an exciting initiative that UCL has recently committed to. For a large programme like Economics (our undergraduate intake each year is about 300 strong), this feels like a great opportunity but also a major challenge. Research without guidance is difficult for anyone … More Research-based education – inspiration calling!
By Dr Cloda Jenkins, Senior Teaching Fellow and Co-Founder CTaLE Year after year there are discussions about why students are dissatisfied with feedback and how we can make improvements. We are inclined in discussions to focus in on what the problems might be, talking theoretically about what good feedback is, but rarely get to the … More Giving feedback – is it time to take advice from the professionals?
We are currently only about 24 hours away from the premiere of Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens, depending a little on your geographic location, high time to explain why in the past weeks, months and actually years I have been using Star Wars as a teaching tool. What is the point of doing … More Using Star Wars in teaching your Economics classes?
The past month has been a busy one at CTaLE – we started in mid-September with the official launch of the Centre at the Development in Economics Education conference in Birmingham. Cloda, Christian and I ran a workshop there where we discussed some of our research-based education initiatives, including the First Year Challenge (FYC), Skills … More CTaLE’s first month