EconTalk in the classroom

by Russ Roberts on October 28, 2008

in Education

If you are a teacher using EconTalk in the classroom, I would love to hear from you about how you use it and its effectiveness. Do you assign it and give exam questions? Is it the basis for homework assignments? Do you use it as a springboard for class discussion? Do you play podcasts in class? Anything like that would be helpful to me, along with a syllabus if EconTalk is on there. And if you’re a student in a class that assigns EconTalk, I’d like to hear from you, too.

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Brooks Wilson October 28, 2008 at 11:00 am

I teach at a community college teaching introductory courses. I currently use EconTalk in two ways. I use the podcasts to emphasize and enrich points made in class. When introducing controlled and non-controlled experimentation, I play Vernon Smith. Last week,we were learning about productivity and economic growth. I was able to play a little of your interview with Paul Romer.

I also use portions of EconTalk to introduce discussion board topics, and then ask students to respond to what they have heard. I particularly like the discussion on ants with Deborah Gordan to further explain the idea of spontaneous order.

In the not too distant future, I plan to ask a brief exam question on an EconTalk of their choice.

I also use EconTalk to keep current with economic issues, and perhaps I am being selfish, but I believe that is a big advantage to my students.

Tim October 29, 2008 at 2:51 pm

I teach a course on "Global Economics" for area high school students at a local university.

My syllabus includes a number of podcasts (Munger and McKenzie among others) that are assigned along with their readings as a way to illustrate and clarify points, or provide a springboard for discussion.

This is the first semester I've done this; and while we've not listened to podcasts in class, I am planning on basing some exam questions on the podcasts assigned.

BTW, I look forward to seeing you at the AP Econ Conference in Richmond next week.

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