Tag: courses

Putting CORE to work: UCL’s First Year Challenge


Parama Chaudhury and Christian Spielmann, both UCL, write about the First Year Challenge, which has been shortlisted in the “Outstanding Digital Innovation” category of the Times Higher Education annual awards.  One of the highlights of the start of the academic year at UCL is the First Year Challenge (FYC) – we are thrilled that the FYC has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Digital Innovation category of the Times Higher Education annual awards. The FYC is a co-curricular digital research project for first year undergraduates studying economics based on the first unit of The CORE Project’s ebook, The Economy. They start on the project […]

CORE in action: a focus on data at Birkbeck


CORE was developed to teach economics from a new perspective, so that students can better deal with the economic events of recent decades. A typical student studying CORE is young and studies undergraduate economics full-time. But what is our course like for students who don’t fit this profile? Birkbeck, University of London is an unusual institution in the UK – its students are predominantly mature and from a variety of educational backgrounds – although there are some young students too. Almost all economics students work alongside their studies. Classes begin at 6pm, after most students have completed a full day at work, […]

A free workshop: Implementing and teaching CORE (28 Jan, UWE Bristol)


  On Thursday 28 January 2016, Professors Wendy Carlin and Sam Bowles from CORE’s steering committee will be hosting the first workshop on CORE teaching at the Centre for Global Finance, Faculty of Business & Law, UWE Bristol. If you’re experimenting with the CORE material, or are considering introducing it in your economics course, you can find out how to make this a success first-hand from people who have been teaching using CORE. The workshop will cover: How is CORE’s course different to a traditional text book? What are the day-to-day challenges of CORE teaching, and how have our teachers tackled them successfully? What do […]

Making it easier to adopt CORE


For lecturers who want to introduce CORE, our goal is simple: to make it as easy as possible for you to do so. Parama Chaudhury (right), a Teaching Fellow at University College London, taught CORE at UCL for the first time last year, and found that adopting the new course was a time-consuming process: “There is a lot of material, so an instructor needs to think carefully about how to cover it. We set up an incentive system (quizzes and assignments with very quick turnaround times) which implied that students were reading the unit before the lecture. But this meant that rehashing the […]

Arjun Jayadev: CORE takes off in Bangalore


More than 300 paper planes lie in a gigantic pile in the corner of my classroom. They have been made over the last half an hour amidst a lot of hollering, hooting and cheering from competing “firms” in Azim Premji University’s new undergraduate program in economics. The classroom game, in which different-sized groups of students organise themselves to manufacture the planes, was created by Juan Camilo Cardenas of Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá as part of the supplementary teaching materials being developed for the CORE economics course. And in all the chaotic fun, there is a serious pedagogical point. Students have […]

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