Symposium on Economics Teaching

JET’s Symposium on Economics Teaching (SET) is a different kind of conference put on by a different kind of journal.  Through this effort, learning outcomes and teaching innovations take center stage.  Each session is designed with a set of learning outcomes in mind so that you can immediately apply them to your classroom.

Please join us in-person August 4-6 in Newport, KY (Cincinnati Metro)!

Start your fall semester ready to go with lots of new innovative teaching ideas from JET SET!

Here’s what to expect from JET SET:

  • Lots of learning! Each session is designed with your students’ learning in mind, and you’ll leave with practical activities you can apply in your classroom immediately – just in time for the fall semester!
  • Passionate economics educators from all grade levels. As one of the few open-access journals around, we want our ideas to be available to all educators. And that means at JET SET too!
  • Plenty of time to visit Fiona. Google it if you don’t know what we’re talking about.
  • Guidance on how to increase your impact beyond your classroom. JET’s awesome editors will lead a results-oriented workshop for those who want to learn what it takes to get their classroom innovations ready for JET publication.
  • Fun! Your registration covers entertainment on one of the nights.

But of course, what makes a conference great is the people. Let’s make this great together.

Students and K-12 instructors receive a 50% discount on registration by entering the promo code “student” or “K12”, respectively. K-12 instructors can receive a certificate of completion for professional development purposes.

Please consider presenting at JET!  Each session is an hour and a half generally with four presentations.  Complete sessions are particularly welcome.  Submission deadline is June 1.

Conference Hotel:

We have a limited number of rooms in our conference hotel block. Please make sure to make your hotel reservation early to enjoy the conference rate.

Aloft Newport on the Levee ($159-$169 per night)


Bronze Sponsors

Foundation of Economic Education

Friends Sponsors


Aug 4

5PM - Welcome and Keynote by Jose Fernandez (University of Louisville) at the Newport Aquarium

What can Machine Learning teach us about Economic Education?

I will show how machine learning has taught us what econ ed scholars study, how students evaluate economics educators, and how economics textbooks have changed over time.

Aug 5

8AM - Day 1 Welcome and Keynote by Gary Hoover (Tulane University)

How LT Principles Can Improve Diversity, Inclusiveness and Student Interest

Economics has a well-documented problem with diversity. Literacy-targeted (LT) courses designed for a broader spectrum of students have the potential to help address the underrepresentation of women and racial/ethnic minorities in our discipline.

10AM - A Sessions
11:30AM - Lunch
1:30 - B Sessions
3:30PM - Editors' Workshop and C Sessions

Aug 6

9AM - D Sessions
11AM - E Sessions
12:30PM - Lunch
2PM - Sponsored Event (TBA)
Keynote by Melissa Schram from Millard Public Schools and University of Nebraska Omaha

Economic Education at Multiple Levels: Continuing (or starting) the Conversation (slides)

As an educator of economics at multiple levels, Melissa will talk about some of the differences and similarities observed. Teacher education will also be discussed. How can we work together to make economic education the best it can be at every level?

Keynote by Scott Wolla from the St. Louis Fed

Change is Hard: Rethinking Key Teaching Concepts in Macroeconomics

The Federal Reserve has changed the way it implements monetary policy. The Fed now operates with ample reserves and uses interest on reserve balances as its primary policy tool. However, these changes have implications for other parts of the curriculum as well, from the money multiplier to our intuitions about the role of the money supply in the broader economy. This session will describe the changes to policy and recommend teaching strategies.

Recording of Keynote:

A Sessions

Session A1:

  1. Playing Economic Sudoku to Teach Cost by George Dirk Mateer, Charity-Joy Acchiardo, and Wayne Geerling (slides | appendix)
  2. Deal Me In! Econ Card Games for Retrieval Practice by Megan Kirts (slides)
  3. Creating Robust Automatically Graded Multipart Questions in Blackboard Using Simple Regular Expression Pattern Matching by Kevin S. S. Henning (slides | appendix)

Session A2:

  1. Strengthening the Writing Component in Upper Level Economics Electives by Helen Schneider (slides)
  2. Hands On Economic Research: Using A “Student Price Index” to Drive Involvement in an Econ Club by Daniel Kuester (slides)
  3. A Guide for an Experiential Learning Program: The College Fed Challenge Competition by Khawaja Mamun and Gerald McCloghry (slides)
B Sessions

Session B1:

  1. A New Voyage in Entertainment Economics: The Digital Concert by Erwin Erhardt
  2. The Hero’s Order: Understanding Economics By Investigating the Hidden Order of the Worlds Our Heroes Inhabit by Brian Hollar (slides)
  3. The Marvelous World of Economics: Using Superheroes to Teach Econ by  John Kruggel (slides)

Session B2:

  1. Revelations on student difficulties from reflective quiz responses on pre-recorded lectures by Sylvia Kuo (slides)
  2. Embedding Economics: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching Economics Concepts by Terra Aquia (slides)
  3. Ethics, Economic, and Social Issues—A new curriculum for Principles and High School Economics by Jamie Wagner
C Sessions

Session C1:

  1. Real World Economics: A Data-Driven Economic Indicator Research Project by Kim Pickering (slides)
  2. Teaching Economics Through Old Testament Stories by Brian Hollar, Amel Ben Abdesslem, and Jadrian Wooten (slides)
  3. Understanding the Features and Outcomes of Economic Systems: A Missing Part in Economics Education by Natalia Boliari (slides)

Session C2:

  1. Adaptive Teaching, Self-Regulating and Goal Setting: Low-Cost Strategies to Make Economics Courses More Inclusive by Basak Horowitz (slides)
  2. Using Challenge Questions to Stimulate Participation, Collaboration, and Discussion in the Classroom by Becky Lafrancois (slides)
  3. Teaching Economics with RBG: Relevance, Belonging, and Growth Mindset by Han-Yen Kao (slides)
D Sessions

Session D1:

  1. How to Use and Make EconGraphs by Chris Makler
  2. Drawing Up Interest in Principles of Macroeconomics: A Simple Exercise to Illustrate Economic Growth by Mark Melichar
  3. Interacting with Students Through MobLab by Kelvin Wong (slides)

Session D2:

  1. Surviving the Principles of Economics by Alina Klein and Rudy Klein (slides)
  2. Meet the Economists: A First Day of Class Assignment by Kelsi G. Hobbs (slides)
E Sessions

Session E1:

  1. Learning How to Learn: Teaching Study Skills in Introductory Economics by Irene Foster (slides)
  2. Roll the Dice: Teaching Expected Value Using Randomly-Assigned Grades by Tom Flesher (slides)
  3. Costs in the Short Flight by Noah Trudeau

Session E2:

Panel on Teaching Economics Through Social Media (slides)

  • Panel: Chris Clarke, Craig Palsson, and Matt Pierson
  • Moderator: Jadrian Wooten
F Sessions

Session F1:

  1. Introduction to The Economics Media Library by Jadrian Wooten (slides)
  2. Principles of Macroeconomics Scavenger Hunt on the Economics Media Library by Matt Pierson (slides)
  3. Teaching Principles of Microeconomics with the Economics Media Library by Kelsi G. Hobbs (slides)

Session F2:

  1. Is the Invisible Hand Red or Green? by Rudolf F. Klein and Alina F. Klein (slides)
  2. Using macroeconomic indicators to explore the continent of Africa by Janet Scott (slides)
Session A1: Making Economics Memorable Through Music and Movies

Featuring Emily Marshall, Dirk Mateer, & Brian O’Roark (Slides)

Session B1: Adaptive Study Using InQuizitve

Featuring Courtney Brandt, Lucy Malakar, & Janise Turso (Slides)

Session B2: Real World Data to Teach Economics
  1. Using GIS and Economics Simulations to Increase Student Engagement by Ian Lyons (Slides)
  2. How to ACE your ADAS by Stefan Ruediger (Slides)
Session C1: Using Imagery and Data to Connect

Featuring Lee Coppock & Emily Marshall (Slides)

Session C2: Engaging Games for the Economics Classroom
  1. Opportunity Cost of a Job by Dawn Renninger (Slides)
  2. The Alchian Maze by Michael Clark (Slides)
Session D1: Activities for Relatability and Connection

Featuring Lucy Malakar & Dirk Mateer (Slides)

Session D2: Teaching Tools for Upper Level Economics Courses

Featuring Lee Coppock, Carter Doyle, Ken Elzinga, & Marc Santugini

Session E1: Activities for Application and Problem Solving

Featuring Lee Coppock, Dirk Mateer, & Brian O’Roark (Slides)

Session E2: Relating Economics to Students’ Lives Outside the Classroom
  1. Context-based Learning: Using Popular Country Music in the Classroom by Mark Melichar (Slides)
  2. Learn It, Share It – a project in personal finance by Florencia Gabriele (Slides)
  3. Segmenting Media for Maximum Impact by Jadrian Wooten (Slides)
Session F1: Online Applications, Problem Solving and Assessment with SmartWork5

Featuring Diana Bajrami (Slides) & Yolunda Nabors (Slides)

Session F2: Engaging Every Learner
  1. The End of the Semester is Too Late! Using technology to improve student performance throughout the semester across the academic unit by Ben O. Smith (Slides)
  2. The Inclusive Economist: Celebrating Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Through Pop Culture by Wayne Geerling (Slides)