Funded Projects (formerly Mini-Projects)

The Economics Network funded Learning and Teaching Development Projects (formerly "mini-projects") up to the value of £5000 to address the development, implementation and evaluation of innovative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment in Economics Higher Education.

The scheme was aimed at academics wanting to develop and evaluate new approaches to their teaching practices.

A meeting for project holders is held at the outset of the project.

2010-11 Projects

New teaching and learning projects

Enhancing international student experience with innovative assessment and feedback on postgraduates Economics studies at Glamorgan
Esyin Chew and Helena Snee, University of Glamorgan
Project-based learning of modern econometrics (online materials)
Steve Cook, Swansea University
The Role, Responsibilities and Remunerations of Graduate Teaching Assistants
Valerie Dickie, Heriot-Watt University
The development of an Advisory Board to support Health Economics Education (HEe)
Emma Frew, University of Birmingham
An audiovisual resource for Health Economics education (HEe) (online materials)
Emma Frew, University of Birmingham
Students’ Explanatory Styles, Study Performance and Engagement
Bartosz T Gebka, Newcastle University
Teaching economics through proverbs: a transformative learning approach
Gherardo Girardi, London Metropolitan University
Applying principles of action learning in undergraduate economics programs
Robert Mochrie, Heriot-Watt University
Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) Builder (online materials)
Dan Wheatley, Nottingham Trent University
The effectiveness of remedial education – addressing enhancement in student performance and retention in a post-1992 university
Giorgio Di Pietro, Westminster Business School
Inclusive Practices to Promote International Students’ Participation and Satisfaction
Margarida Dolan
Embedding Academic Skills in the Teaching and Learning Process
Russell Bentley, Southampton University
Enhancing the employability of Economics students
Vitalia Kinakh, Bolton Business School
An investigation into the potential for blended learning approaches in enhancing students’ assessment experience on an Introduction to Economics and Statistics Module
Shaista Naheed Minhas, Canterbury Christ Church University
A global climate mitigation game (online materials)
James Copestake, University of Bath

Continued projects

Supporting Students of Economics to Enhance their Skills in Using International Data
Dean Garratt, Stephen Heasell, Nottingham Trent University
Connections in Political Economy and Global Economic Issues
Robert Jones, Nottingham Trent University

2008-09 Projects

Development of Project Ideas

Provision of Econometric Data to Supplement Teaching with Open Source Software (online materials)
Karl Shutes, Coventry University
Student appreciation of Wikipedia / use of wikis in creating group reports in economics
Julian Wells, Kingston University
Incorporating students' production of a Current News and Events magazine into their Applied Economics curriculum (scoping project)
Willem Spanjers, Kingston University
Identifying and understanding the motivations of students reading economics at university
Gherardo Girardi, London Metropolitan University

New Learning and Teaching Projects

Evaluating current practice and formulating retention strategies for year 1 Economics
Mike Walsh, Coventry University
Engaging Business Degree Students in the study of Economics
Munacinga Simatele, University of Hertfordshire
Videos on the use of software packages for economics
Guglielmo Volpe, London Metropolitan University
Exploring the links between research and teaching in economics
Linda Juleff, Napier University
Retention of knowledge: long term effectiveness of WebCT-based continuous assessment scheme in case of Economics 1 module delivered at the Napier University Business School
Piotr Marek Jaworski, Napier University
Connections in Political Economy and Global Economic Issues (online materials)
Robert Jones, Nottingham Trent University
Enabling Students to Make Economic Sense of Quantitative Data (online materials)
Dean Garratt, Nottingham Trent University
PhD-Work-Seminars in Advanced Mathematical Methods (online materials)
Christian-Oliver Ewald and Laurence Lasselle, University of St Andrews
The development of health economics teaching in the UK from a course director's perspective: A qualitative study in Economics and Finance
Tracey Sach, University of East Anglia
Exploring The Economic, Business And Social Environment Using Visual (Photographic) Imagery
Frank Forsythe, University of Ulster
Using collaborative learning techniques to support teaching and learning on undergraduate Economics modules at Ulster and Coventry Universities (online materials)
Mark Bailey, University of Ulster and Keith Gray, Coventry University

Continued project

The Relative Impact of Classroom Experiments on More Objective Measures of Student Learning (continuation from previous years)
Jon Guest, Coventry University

2007-08 Continued Projects

The following Learning and Teaching Development Projects have continuation funding from the previous academic year.

An Investigation into the Application of Economics Threshold Concepts using WinEcon via a VLE for Business Students (online materials)
Mike Walsh, Coventry University
An Investigation into the Impact of Classroom Experiments on Student Learning in an Intermediate Microeconomics Module (online materials)
Jon Guest, Coventry University
Assessing the effectiveness of heterodox economic concepts in understanding real world issues: an international survey of students (online materials)
Andrew Mearman, University of the West of England

2006-07 Projects

Introducing Problem-Based Learning to a First-Year Curriculum (online materials)
Frank Forsythe, University of Ulster
Talking Economics: Digital Audio Collections in the promotion of 'conversations' on economic issues (online materials)
Alan Hutton, Glasgow Caledonian University
Presentation skills for Economics Undergraduates (online materials)
Judith Piggott, Oxford Brookes University
Economics teaching and learning through the arts: the contribution of literature and cinema (online materials)
Gherardo Girardi, Guglielmo Volpe and John Sedgwick, London Metropolitan University
Writing for Economists (online materials)
Margaret Bray and Jonathan Leape, London School of Economics and Political Science
Embedding a generic ePortfolio/PDP tool in a basic skills module for Economics and Business students (online materials)
Paul Latreille, University of Swansea
Assessing the effectiveness of heterodox economic concepts in understanding real world issues: an international survey of students (online materials)
Andrew Mearman, University of the West of England
An evaluation of the challenges MBA students encounter in acquiring and applying threshold concepts in Economics (online materials)
Keith Gray and Peri Yavash, Coventry University
Microeconomic Case Studies (online materials)
Vindelyn Smith-Hillman, University of Nothampton
Development of a training course using collaborative group learning
Miriam Kennet, University of Oxford
An Investigation into the Application of Economics Threshold Concepts using WinEcon via a VLE for Business Students (online materials)
Mike Walsh, Coventry University
An Investigation into the Impact of Classroom Experiments on the Understanding of Threshold Concepts (online materials)
Jon Guest, Coventry University
PBL at London Met: (1) Why do students prefer 'chalk and talk'? and (2) assessing PBL with a control group (online materials)
Guglielmo Volpe and John Sedgwick, London Metropolitan University

2005-06 Projects

Using Personal Development Plans (PDP) to aid the student's self-evaluation of their understanding of economics (online materials)
David Allen, University of the West of England
Developing Reusable Learning Objects in Economics
Guglielmo Volpe, London Metropolitan University
Embedding PBL and Critical Skill Development in the Curriculum (online materials)
Judith Piggott, Oxford Brookes University
Writing for Economists: Embedding the Development of Writing Skills in Economics Courses (online materials)
Margaret Bray and Jonathan Leape, London School of Economics and Political Science
Skills for Enterprise (online materials)
Liz Barnett and Fiona Sandford, London School of Economics and Political Science

2004-05 Projects

Talking economics: digital audio collections in the promotion of conversations on economic issues (online materials)
Alan Hutton, Glasgow Caledonian University
Developing critical reasoning skills as a foundation for the first year core curriculum (online materials)
Judith Piggott, Oxford Brookes University
Using personal development plans (PDP) to improve students' understanding of economics (online materials)
David Allen, University of the West of England
Second year undergraduate retention study (online materials)
Linda Juleff, Napier University