Teaching CORE online

CORE resources for asynchronous teaching – online, hybrid, or blended – including resources that can be assigned for self-study, such as:

  • Video tutorials
  • Interactive applications
  • Economist in Action videos
  • Guides to teaching The Economy online (or on hybrid or blended courses)

Video tutorials

Together with Dr Ramin Nassehi (University College London), we have produced a collection of video tutorials that take students through key features of some of the models in:

  • The Economy units 2-9, 14 and 15
  • ESPP unit 2 and units 4-8

The video tutorials are designed to complement the ebooks and to support students learning the models at their own pace.

Interactive COVID-19 network simulation

By modelling simple networks of people, the COVID-19 network simulation shows:

  • how the virus can spread across a population over time, and
  • its associated effects on the economy and income inequality.

Watch the video below to learn how to use the simulation.

COVID-19 learning resource on the LabXchange platform

The ‘COVID-19 transmission and economic networks pathway’ is a learning experience assembled like a storyline, which users can go through at their own pace.

It consists of slideline figures, text, and items of assessment with immediate feedback which illustrate the economic concepts related to virus transmission and the network model we use.

The pathway is available on LabXchange, Harvard’s online learning platform.

Visualizing global income inequality

Use our interactive tool to explore how the income distribution within and between countries has changed over time.

For up to seven countries of your choice, for the period between 1980 and 2014, you can:

  • create a ‘skyscraper’ diagram, like the one below,
  • view the Lorenz curves and Gini coefficients, and
  • compare the rich/poor ratio of incomes within each country.

The interactive visualization builds on Figure 1.2 in The Economy and Figure 1.1 in Economy, Society, and Public Policy.

Economic inequality learning resource on the LabXchange platform

To learn more about:

  • the trends in income and income inequality over the past few centuries,
  • how to measure inequality, and
  • policies that can address economic inequality

visit CORE’s ‘Economic inequality pathway’, a learning experience assembled like a storyline, which users can go through at their own pace. It consists of slideline figures, text, and items of assessment with immediate feedback which illustrate concepts related to economic inequality.

The pathway is available on LabXchange, Harvard’s online learning platform.

Guides to teaching The Economy online (or on hybrid or blended courses)

These guides provide instructors with advice on how to structure their courses online, with the possibility of easily adapting to a face-to-face context. Each unit of The Economy is structured in five ‘days’ – learning events that help students to better understand the question of interest and structure their time. For each day, a number of asynchronous and synchronous activities are suggested – such as guided reading of ebook sections, pre-recorded videos, essay peer marking, or collaborative work.

You can access them on the Resources page (instructor login required).

Online econ games for the classroom

Watch the video below to see how Prof. Cloda Jenkins (University College London) delivered an online lecture on The Economy Unit 4 and ESPP Unit 2 in which her students played three games on classEx:

  • prisoners’ dilemma,
  • public good game without punishment,
  • public good game with punishment.

Other video options: Bilibili, download

The live lecture delivered by Prof. Jenkins complements the variety of asynchronous activities that Economics students at UCL need to complete each week in order to progress smoothly through their module. These are set out in a ‘Route Map‘ that students receive on a weekly basis, to help them in their learning activities (a PDF version is available by clicking here). For suggested route maps for other units, see guides to teaching The Economy online.

Economist in Action videos

In CORE’s Economist in Action videos, prominent economists explain how they use research to answer questions. The videos provide a taste of the process of discovery that is part of economics research and the CORE approach.

You can find the full list of videos in The Economy and ESPP contents pages.