Advice and case studies
The Handbook for Economics Lecturers includes chapters on eLearning topics:
- Virtual Learning Environments
- Using the Web to Teach Economics
- Computer-Aided Assessment
- Online Communication using Discussion Boards
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.
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:
- The Talking Economics project at Glasgow Caledonian University, developing audio materials for economics and political economy
- ExcelAssess: see Excel in Economics Teaching
- Animated slides: see PowerPoint in Economics Teaching
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
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.
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.