Mark Maier

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Glendale Community College

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Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics
This site introduces economists to innovative teaching strategies developed both within and beyond the discipline of economics. It provides instructors with the tools to begin integrating and assessing these teaching strategies in their own classrooms and promotes the sharing of teaching innovations among instructors.

Activities (8)

Impact of federal deficits part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Cooperative Learning:Examples
Based on a fable about King Big Debt, students analyze four endings that summarize the possible impact of government debt: crowding out, Keynesian stimulus spending, external debt and monetized debt.

Counting GDP part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Cooperative Learning:Examples
Working in a small group, students determine whether items listed on 18 cards are counted in GDP (and in which category) or whether they are not counted (and why.)

Economies of scale part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Cooperative Learning:Examples
Working in groups of three, students analyze economies of scale for a moving business based on the size of truck used. Each student constructs an individual short-run ATC curve for a different size truck. Then the three students collaborate to determine if there are economies or diseconomies of scale and to create the long run ATC.

The unemployment rate for the class part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
After predicting what the unemployment rate will be for students in the class, a confidential survey modeled on the Current Population Survey questions is used to gather data about each student's employment. Students use this data to measure the class unemployment rate and then assess its accuracy.

Monopoly gas station part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
Students predict the profit-maximizing price for gas at the one and only gas station in desert community. Then using data on demand and cost, they find the profit maximizing price and graph the result.

Shape of the demand curve part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
Prior to a classroom auction of an item, students predict the shape of the demand curve. Then, based on the auction's revealed reservation prices, students draw the resulting demand curve, compare its shape with their prediction and explain why it is similar or dissimilar. (As an alternative introduction, students can suggest allocation mechanisms for the item and then after the auction reflect on advantages and disadvantages of market-based allocation.)

Price elasticity of demand survey part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
Working in small groups, students are assigned a good or service and asked to predict its price elasticity of demand. Students then conduct a survey of classmates to gather data that can be used to calculate the elasticity. Students compare the calculated elasticity with the expected elasticity and explain its value based on the textbook's determinants of elasticity.

Interactive Lecture Demonstrations part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations
Created by Dorothy Merritts, Robert Walter (Franklin & Marshall College), Bob MacKay (Clark College). Enhanced by Mark Maier with assistance from Rochelle Ruffer, Sue Stockly and Ronald Thornton Interactive ...

Teaching Method Module

Interactive Lecture Demonstrations part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations
Created by Dorothy Merritts, Robert Walter (Franklin & Marshall College), Bob MacKay (Clark College). Enhanced by Mark Maier with assistance from Rochelle Ruffer, Sue Stockly and Ronald Thornton Interactive ...

Essay

Projects that worked/haven't worked in economics part of Supporting Community College Faculty Across the Disciplines:Fall 2012 Workshop:Essays
Mark Maier, Professor of Economics, Glendale Community College Download this essay (Acrobat (PDF) 18kB Oct3 12) What has worked 1. NSF currently supports "Economics at Community Colleges," ...

Other Contributions (4)

Teaching with Simulations part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with Simulations
This module was initially developed by Betty Blecha and currently is coordinated by Beth Haynes . The module was refined and enhanced by Mark McBride, Teresa Riley, Katherine Rowell, KimMarie McGoldrick, Mark ...

Mark Maier part of Supporting Community College Faculty Across the Disciplines:Fall 2012 Workshop:Participant Profiles
Department of Economics Glendale Community College Glendale, CA 91208 mmaier@glendale.edu Phone: 818-240-1000 Ext. 5468 Fax:818-549-9436 Background Information Mark Maier teaches economics at Glendale Community ...

Mark Maier part of Supporting Community College Faculty Across the Disciplines:Fall 2012 Workshop:Participant Profiles
Department of Economics Glendale Community College Glendale, CA 91208 mmaier@glendale.edu Phone: 818-240-1000 Ext. 5468 Fax:818-549-9436 Background Information Mark Maier teaches economics at Glendale Community ...

Mark Maier part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:About this Project:Project Participants
Department of Economics Glendale Community College Glendale, CA 91208 mmaier@glendale.edu Phone: 818-240-1000 Ext. 5468 Fax:818-549-9436 Background Information Mark Maier teaches economics at Glendale Community ...


Events and Communities

Economics in Two Year Colleges Workshop 2011: PI

Developing Modules for Teaching Economics Participants

Developing Modules for Teaching Economics Participants

Developing Modules for Teaching Economics

Spring 2012 Workshop