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Being Aware of Health Care: Using Cooperative Learning to Synthesize and Communicate U.S. Health Care Reform Issues part of Teaching Methods:Cooperative Learning:Examples
This is a three-part project spanning five weeks that uniquely interweaves individual and cooperative learning in the context of health care reform and the 2008 United States presidential campaign.

The Price Mechanism, Subjective Value and The Antiques Road Show part of Teaching Methods:Interactive Lectures:Examples
An interactive lecture segment utilizing videos from the Antiques Roadshow, designed to create an interactive experience for students and the instructor. After watching an expert appraisal of a rare/unique object students respond to discussion questions. Instructors lead the discussion toward issues of subjective value, willingness to pay, and the price mechanism.

What's the best payment? part of Teaching Methods:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
After predicting which of two earnings streams has the highest currrent value, students use a discounted values table to compare the two earnings streams, discovering that earlier earnings has higher value and that ...

The US economy during your lifetime part of Teaching Methods:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
Students predict the best graphical representation of US real GDP/capita during the last twenty years, choosing from graphs showing: cyclical decline, cyclical change with no net change, cyclical increase, or erratic wide fluctuations. Using actual US data, students graph real GDP/capita to find out the actual pattern: a rising series with periodic dips, not a flat series, a falling series, or a highly erratic series as students often predict. Students then reflect on why this pattern is often misunderstood and why it may not fully describe the well-being of the US population.

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 ...

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.

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 ...