Symposium on Economics Teaching

JET’s Symposium on Economics Teaching 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 5-7 in Omaha, Nebraska! We look forward to seeing you in Omaha!

Here’s what sets JET SET apart:

  • We care about teaching economics at every age, and we welcome great ideas from all economics educators! We are the only conference of its kind to actively foster networking amongst all passionate econ educators, whether they are professors or K-12 teachers.

  • Learning outcomes take center stage. Each session is designed with your students’ learning in mind and you’ll leave with practical information you can apply in your classroom immediately.

  • We teach you to fish! Ok, not really, but we want to give you the tools to publish your great teaching innovations and increase your impact! 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 publication in JET. (Note- This workshop is optional and occurs at the end of the conference.)

  • We’ll have fun! Your registration covers admission to an exciting baseball game and other entertainment as we explore the oh-so-underrated Omaha.

Our conference is honestly, not for everyone, but it is perfect for every passionate economics educator out there!  Please reach out to Ben Smith ( with any questions.

Conference Hotel: Courtyard Omaha Aksarben Village for 110 USD per night

Book your hotel at a group rate for JET SET

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

Digital Program


Fri. Aug. 5

4:00PM - Registration Desk Opens - Mammel Hall Atrium
5:30PM - Reception - Mammel Hall Atrium

Food will arrive at 5:30PM and will be served until 6:30PM

6:30PM - Keynote by Melissa Schram from Millard Public Schools and University of Nebraska Omaha - Mammel Hall 113

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

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?

Sat. Aug. 6

8:00AM - Welcome - Mammel Hall 162
8:15AM - Keynote by Scott Wolla from the St. Louis Fed - Mammel Hall 162

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:

9:15AM - A Sessions

Session A1 – Mammel Hall 218:

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

Session A2 – Mammel Hall 220:

  1. Strengthening the Writing Component in Upper Level Economics Electives (Helen Schneider)
  2. Hands On Economic Research: Using A “Student Price Index” to Drive Involvement in an Econ Club (Daniel Kuester)
  3. A Guide for an Experiential Learning Program: The College Fed Challenge Competition (Khawaja Mamun and Gerald McCloghry)
10:45AM - B Sessions

Session B1 – Mammel Hall 218:

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

Session B2 – Mammel Hall 220:

  1. Revelations on student difficulties from reflective quiz responses on pre-recorded lectures (Sylvia Kuo)
  2. Embedding Economics: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching Economics Concepts (Terra Aquia)
  3. Ethics, Economic, and Social Issues—A new curriculum for Principles and High School Economics (Jamie Wagner)
12:00PM - Lunch - Omaha ambassadors will lead groups based on food preference
2:00PM - C Sessions

Session C1 – Mammel Hall 218:

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

Session C2 – Mammel Hall 220:

  1. Adaptive Teaching, Self-Regulating and Goal Setting: Low-Cost Strategies to Make Economics Courses More Inclusive (Basak Horowitz)
  2. Using Challenge Questions to Stimulate Participation, Collaboration, and Discussion in the Classroom (Becky Lafrancois)
  3. Teaching Economics with RBG: Relevance, Belonging, and Growth Mindset (Han-Yen Kao)
3:30PM - D Sessions

Session D1 – Mammel Hall 218:

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

Session D2 – Mammel Hall 220:

  1. Surviving the Principles of Economics (Alina Klein and Rudy Klein)
  2. Meet the Economists: A First Day of Class Assignment (Kelsi G. Hobbs)
5:00PM - Dinner and Travel - Omaha ambassadors will lead groups to dinner then to the game
7:05PM - Omaha Storm Chasers baseball


Werner Park

12356 Ballpark Way,

Papillion, NE 68046


Our seats are located in section 116 of Werner Park.  Our seat block is:

  • Row 10 seats 4-10
  • Row 11 seats 1-10

  • Row 12 seats 1-10

  • Row 13 seats 1-10

  • Row 14 seats 1-9

  • Row 15 seats 1-9

Those arriving by Uber/Lyft, please note the drop off location on “Ballpark Way” in the map below.

Sun. Aug. 7

8:00AM - Welcome - Mammel Hall 162
9:00AM - E Sessions

Session E1 – Mammel Hall 218:

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

Session E2 – Mammel Hall 220:

Panel on Teaching Economics Through Social Media

  • Panel: Chris Clarke, Craig Palsson, and Matt Pierson
  • Moderator: Jadrian Wooten
10:30AM - F Sessions

Session F1 – Mammel Hall 218:

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

Session F2 – Mammel Hall 220:

  1. Is the Invisible Hand Red or Green? (Rudolf F. Klein and Alina F. Klein)
  2. Using macroeconomic indicators to explore the continent of Africa (Janet Scott)
12:00PM - Editor Workshop - Mammel Hall 162
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)