Teaching Activity Collection
These activities have been developed or adapted by Carleton faculty. For many more assignments from multiple disciplines, see the SERC activity collection. These assignments are presented in a common format so that other educators can make use of them more easily. Faculty are invited to submit activities to the collection at any time.
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Writing about Numbers We Should Know part of 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 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.
Comparison of GDP and the Human Development Index (HDI). part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
This assignment exposes students to data on economic growth anddevelopment as commonly measured by per capita GDP and the HumanDevelopment Index (HDI) for 100 countries of the world. There is a bigdebate about how good an indicator HDI is compared to GDP per capita asa measure of development.
Measuring Wellbeing across Racial Groups using Data and Statistics part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
This set of assignments exposes students to statistics and data pertaining to economic wellbeing over time across racial (black-white)categories in the U.S.
Teaching Principles Students How to Assess the State of the Economy part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
Principles of economics students are asked to collect and analyze data on a few macro economic aggregates to give them a first taste of empirical work.
Empirical Economics Research Proposal part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
This assignment asks students to propose an original research question and identify data that could be used to answer that question.
Analyzing the Last Five Years of the US Economy for an Intermediate Macro Course part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
Intermediate students are asked to analyze data on the components of consumption and investment expenditures and explanatory variables based on textbook models of each. Students look for rough correlations between the explanatory and dependent variables.
Writing Precise Explanations of Graphic/Tabular Display of Economic Data part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
This assignment asks for short, precise explanations of economic data displayed in graphs and tables.
Structuring Auction Process part of ACM Pedagogic Resources:ACM/FaCE:Projects:Integrating Sustainability into the Undergraduate Curriculum:Activities
An experiment to help students understand the effect of different methods to allocate scarce resources.
Common Resource Experiment: Simulating Tragedy of the Commons in a Classroom part of ACM Pedagogic Resources:ACM/FaCE:Projects:Integrating Sustainability into the Undergraduate Curriculum:Activities
An in-class activity intended to introduce students to the Tragedy of the Commons, its causes and potential solutions.