eLearning

Advice and case studies

The Handbook for Economics Lecturers includes chapters on eLearning topics:

Reflections on eLearning has more than two dozen short case studies from academic economists.

The journal Computers in Higher Education Economics Review (CHEER) has many papers on eLearning in economics.

Funded Projects

The Economics Network has funded projects to develop eLearning resources and practice in economics, both in its own mini-project scheme and as part of the JISC Distributed eLearning initiative. Outcomes include:

In the Students' Online Learning Experiences (SOLE) project, the Economics Network collaborated with a group of other subject centres to investigate students' experiences of virtual learning environments.

IT Skills Help for Staff

We have created the eLearning Anorak Test, a short anonymous quiz with extensive feedback, to help demystify some of the technologies and jargon. Alternatively go straight to the bank of tips.

eLearning resources

Our catalogue of online learning materials includes links to interactive tutorials, simulations and online quizzes. Assessment resources can be shared through our password-protected question bank.

The METAL and Mathcentre projects have produced many dedicated resources for maths: see the theme document on Maths Support.

Need help with IT skills, such as using Powerpoint or the various online services for economics lecturers? Then try our eLearning Anorak Test and get some personalised tips.

Student and Staff Attitudes to eLearning

Our surveys have shown that students have high expectations about the availability of online resources in their courses. A majority of lecturers have taken up the use of eLearning for distributing materials, but for various reasons its use for assessment is still only by a minority. A summary of survey results relating to eLearning is available to download in PDF.

Events

We have twice held an eLearning Symposium in Bristol and hope to continue this in future.

Would you like us to visit your department to talk about using a VLE, using ExcelAssess or using the Web in teaching and learning in Economics? There is no charge to UK departments. Contact the Network for more details.

eLearning Award

As part of our Annual Learning and Teaching Awards, we have an annual award for eLearning to highlight work done by economics lecturers in creating or using electronic resources.