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Principles of Economics: understanding opportunity cost, comparative advantage, and absolute advantage part of Teaching Methods:Just in Time Teaching:Examples
In principles of economics students many times have trouble understanding the concept of opportunity cost, connecting opportunity cost to comparative advantage, and differentiating between absolute advantage and comparative advantage. This activity allows the instructor to detect whether a large number of students exhibit any of these misconceptions, and then focus on the most problematic concepts in class.

Monetary Policy and the FOMC part of Teaching Methods:Just in Time Teaching:Examples
Describing and analyzing monetary policy from FOMC press releases.

Introducing money: a just-in-time teaching activity part of Teaching Methods:Just in Time Teaching:Examples
In this just-in-time activity, students submit responses before class to demonstrate their ability to use concepts from a textbook reading on money. In-class follow-up activities are recommended.

JiTT in Introduction to Demand Analysis part of Teaching Methods:Just in Time Teaching:Examples
Activity reinforcing the factors that shift a market demand curve.

Making Rational Decisions in Economics - The Role of Sunk and Marginal Costs part of Teaching Methods:Just in Time Teaching:Examples
This JiTT exercise uses a real-life example to pose a question to students about the nature of "rationality" as typically used in economics. In this case, the focus is on fixed vs. marginal costs and the ...

JiTT - Fighting Recession: 2009 part of Teaching Methods:Just in Time Teaching:Examples
This is a JiTT exercise in which students apply introductory-level macroeconomic analysis to the question of how large the stimulus package put forward to Congress in early 2009 needed to be to close the ...

Writing about Numbers We Should Know part of Teaching Methods:Quantitative Writing:Examples
This opening assignment for an introductory quantitative reasoning course asks students to write about "Numbers We Should Know." Its goal is to help students begin to think quantitatively, evaluate the sources of quantitative information critically, and write using numbers precisely and thoughtfully.

Exploring Economic Inequality with Data part of Teaching Methods:Quantitative Writing:Examples
This set of assignments exposes students to data which can be used to analyze economic inequality in international and historical context. Then students are asked to generate a thesis-driven argument drawing supporting evidence from one or more of the data sources.

Data Rich Economic Policy Brief part of Teaching Methods:Quantitative Writing:Examples
This assignment asks students to write a data-rich policy brief, showing their ability to apply standard microeconomic models and contextualizing the policy debate with numeric evidence.

Calculating Divorce Rates part of Teaching Methods:Quantitative Writing:Examples
This exercise from a course in family sociology asseses students' ability to interpret divorce rates from provided spreadsheet data and to critically analyze three articles that use divorce rates in their content.