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Economics Made Easy: Curricular Resources for Economics Courses
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Looking for engaging content for your economics courses? The Institute for Humane Studies has curated this collection of educational resources to help economics professors enrich their curriculum. Find videos, interactive games, reading lists, and more on everything from opportunity costs to trade policy. This collection is updated frequently with new content, so watch this space!

Subject:
Economics
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Institute for Humane Studies
Date Added:
04/13/2018
Flu Math Games
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This video lesson shows students that math can play a role in understanding how an infectious disease spreads and how it can be controlled. During this lesson, students will see and use both deterministic and probabilistic models and will learn by doing through role-playing exercises. The primary exercises between video segments of this lesson are class-intensive simulation games in which members of the class 'infect' each other under alternative math modeling assumptions about disease progression. Also there is an occasional class discussion and local discussion with nearby classmates.

Subject:
Biology
Sociology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. Blossoms
Author:
Mai Perches
Richard C. Larson
Sahar Hashmi
Date Added:
07/12/2014
Flu Math Games
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This video lesson shows students that math can play a role in understanding how an infectious disease spreads and how it can be controlled. During this lesson, students will see and use both deterministic and probabilistic models and will learn by doing through role-playing exercises. The primary exercises between video segments of this lesson are class-intensive simulation games in which members of the class 'infect' each other under alternative math modeling assumptions about disease progression. Also there is an occasional class discussion and local discussion with nearby classmates.

Subject:
Biology
Sociology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
MIT Learning International Networks Consortium
Provider Set:
M.I.T. Blossoms
Author:
Mai Perches
Richard C. Larson
Sahar Hashmi
Date Added:
06/02/2012
Is Bigger Better? A Look at a Selection Bias that Is All Around Us
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This learning video addresses a particular problem of selection bias, a statistical bias in which there is an error in choosing the individuals or groups to make broader inferences. Rather than delve into this broad topic via formal statistics, we investigate how it may appear in our everyday lives, sometimes distorting our perceptions of people, places and events, unless we are careful. When people are picked at random from two groups of different sizes, most of those selected usually come from the bigger group. That means we will hear more about the experience of the bigger group than that of the smaller one. This isn't always a bad thing, but it isn't always a good thing either. Because big groups ''speak louder,'' we have to be careful when we write mathematical formulas about what happened in the two groups. We think about this issue in this video, with examples that involve theaters, buses, and lemons. The prerequisite for this video lesson is a familiarity with algebra. It will take about one hour to complete, and the only materials needed are a blackboard and chalk.

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Sociology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. Blossoms
Author:
Anna Teytelman
Arnold Barnett
MIT BLOSSOMS
Date Added:
06/02/2012
Phylogenetics
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This activity lets learners participate in the process of reconstructing a phylogenetic tree and introduces them to several core bioinformatics concepts, particularly in relation to evolution. Groups of learners (at least 10) repeat a secret message (five to seven similar-sounding words) like the game "Telephone". In this version of the game, however, learners write and then code what they hear, creating a model of a phylogenetic tree and using a species distance matrix. This resource includes background information about phylogenetic trees, maximum parsimony, and matrix theory (see page 6-7 of PDF).

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علم الحاسوب
الهندسة
Information Science
التعليم
Life Science
الرياضيات
علم الإنسان
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Game
Lesson Plan
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Computer Science Unplugged
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
Computer Science Unplugged
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
المؤلف:
Brian Mason Scientific and Technical Trust
Computer Science Unplugged
Google Inc.
Jim Becker
Katrin Becker
Truman State University
Date Added:
01/02/2005
Programming Languages
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In this activity related to computer programming, learners give directions to a "robot" (either an adult or another learner) and find out which instructions the robot is able to follow, and how their instructions are taken literally. This activity will simulate how computers follow instructions very precisely, which can be frustrating at times. This activity also helps learners understand instruction set size (large complex vs. small efficient).

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علم الحاسوب
الهندسة
التعليم
Life Science
علم الإنسان
نوع المادة:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
محاكاة
Provider:
Computer Science Unplugged
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
Computer Science Unplugged
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
المؤلف:
Brian Mason Scientific and Technical Trust
Computer Science Unplugged
Google Inc.
Jason Clutterbuck
Richard Nelson
Sebastian Hšhna
Sebastian Hí_hna
Stefan Marks
Wilson Siringoringo
Date Added:
01/02/2008
Questions to guide our thinking when creating curriculum . . .
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Educators are provided with guiding questions around which concepts and skills to consider when developing curriculum, as well as which options will provide the greatest accessibility for student success.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Business and Communication
Mathematics
Social Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Megan Simmons
Date Added:
01/28/2016
SEC Commons User Guide
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This resource will provide users step by step guidance in using the central features available as part of the SEC Commons. This guide will be updated as new features are added.

If you require further assistance please contact the support team at info@oercommons.org

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Arts and Humanities
Business and Communication
Mathematics
Social Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Michelle Brennan
Date Added:
01/28/2016
Scientific Inquiry (Archaeology)
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This lesson introduces students to scientific inquiry through the use of an activity sheet. This unit is based on Lesson 1.7 in "Intrigue of the Past: North Carolina's First Peoples", which is part of a national curriculum-development program called "Project Archaeology":

Subject:
Archaeology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
Provider Set:
LEARN NC Lesson Plans
Author:
UNC Archaeology
Date Added:
11/28/2001
Smaller Than You Think
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Learners compare a life-size drawing of a Tyrannosaurus rex head and a full-size Sinornithosaurus body to understand that dinosaurs varied in size. Learners trace individual pieces of a dinosaur on paper and then work together as a group to arrange the pieces of the "puzzle". This is an opportunity to understand scale drawings as well as learn how to work as a group.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Anthropology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
American Museum of Natural History
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
American Museum of Natural History
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
American Museum of Natural History
Date Added:
10/31/2007