Midwest Conference on Student Learning in Economics:
Innovation, Assessment and Classroom Research
November 7, 2003
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“Doing Classroom Research and Getting It Published”


“Using Technology So Students Learn More (and Professors Work Less)”

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This daylong conference on the campus of The University of Akron features two giants in the field of economic education. 

William Becker (more) is the Editor of the Journal of Economic Education and will speak on the scholarship of teaching and learning in economics. In addition, Professor Becker will conduct concurrent sessions focusing on:

  • Non-computerized experiments in the classroom
  • Active learning techniques that enhance learning, and 
  • Competitive versus cooperative equilibrium.

Paul Romer (more), known for his origination of The New Growth Theory, and founder of Aplia, Inc., a software company designed to assist students learn complex economic ideas will speak on using technology to shift the effort and learning to students. He will also conduct concurrent sessions in which participants will get hands-on experience in a wireless laptop lab using:

  • Online experiments for the economics classroom
  • Interactive problem sets
  • Online tutorials


Who should attend?
Faculty and teachers interested in learning new approaches to teaching economics and assessing learning at the introductory and intermediate levels should make plans to attend.  Come and learn exciting ways to use experiments and other innovations in your classroom and to explore the value of classroom research and see what it takes to getting your classroom research published.

Call for Participation:
A Poster session on current teaching practices is planned to showcase the classroom innovations of attending participants.  If you or your colleagues have a teaching method that you will share in the form of a poster and a handout you are encouraged to submit a presentation proposal by October 10, 2003.  Include teaching methods, and research and assessment tools.  All submissions must be through the website.  Notification of accepted posters will be given by October 24, 2003.  To submit click here.

This conference provides an opportunity for organizations to display some of their current economics textbooks and other teaching materials.  Display tables will be located in the hallway outside of the rooms where the conference sessions are held and the conference schedule provides ample time for participants to visit your display.  Exhibit costs: $75.00. 
Contact Michael Nelson at the address below.

Registration fee:
The entire day is $60.00 and includes all sessions, a continental breakfast, buffet lunch, refreshment breaks and on campus parking.  Register before October 7, 2003 for a reduced rate of $49.00.  Hurry, space is limited. (register here)

For more information:
For more information:
Department of Economics
The University of Akron

Dr. Michael Nelson
(330) 972-7546 

Dr. Steven C. Myers
(330) 972-7421

Sponsored By:  Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation, Inc., Committee On Economic Education, American Economic Association, APLIA, Inc., The University of Akron Institute For Teaching And Learning, and The H. Kenneth Barker Center For Economic Education at The University of Akron.


Hotel Information:

A block of rooms are reserved at the Crown Plaza Hotel under the conference name.  The Plaza is a unique hotel carved out of the grain silos of the old Quaker Oats home in Downtown Akron within walking distance of the campus.  Rooms are at the special conference rate of $70.00 per night.  You must make your reservations directly with the hotel by October 17 at (800) 227-6963.
Conference name: Midwest Conference
Room price at special discount: $70.00  (regularly $85 to $150)
Deadline for Reservations: October 17, 2003
Phone Number to call for reservations to get the special rate: (800) 227-6963
Hotel Website: http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cp/1/en/hd/akrqs
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Listed in the National Register of Historical Places this unique hotel boosts 190 guest rooms built in the original grain silos of the Quaker Oats Company. The hotel features 8 floors of perfectly round guest rooms with 6 suites available. All rooms offer two 2-line speakerphones with data port, voice mail, express check out,in-room movies, iron and ironing board, coffee maker and hairdryer. Also available is an indoor heated pool, fully equipped fitness center, 24 hr. business center, secretarial services, same day laundry (Monday-Friday) and shoe shine service. 
Breakfast is available in the Trackside Dining Room which features a breakfast buffet and ala cart menu, enjoy a Subway sub for lunch or try Trackside Grille serving lunch and diner and dine in an actual Pullman Railcar, grab a cup of coffee or piece of pie in our very own bakery and coffee shop The Pie Factory. The hotel offers room service from 6:30am to 11:00pm. Join us in our newly renovated Whistle Stop Tavern, a great casual restaurant with a pub feel. THe menu features appetizers, salads, sandwiches, steaks seafood and delious homemade desserts. The Trackside lounge is connected to the Trackside Grille and hosts weekly entertainment on Fridays and Saturday from 8:00pm to 11:30pm. Enjoy shopping in the unique specialty shops of the Quaker Square Mall located in the original factory and milling area of Quaker Oats.




Conference Location:

The University of Akron Student Union, Akron, Ohio. Third floor conference rooms.

We recommend that you park in the Parking Deck numbered Lot #36.  however, you are permitted to park anywhere.  Make sure you have received your parking permit by email and be sure to display it in your car on the dash board.
Links to get you to the conference:
This link
includes lnks to 
Driving directions
Map of Routes to UA (Important Construction Information)
We offer these detailed and annotated directions to the Student Union (pdf, 1.2 Mb)

If you are familar with the campus, this might be all you need (included in the link above, jpg, 187K)



7:45am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30am Welcome, Introductions and Directions for the day
8:50am General Session #1 
Paul Romer “Using Technology so Students Work More (and Professors Work Less)”
9:55am Morning refreshment break and time to mingle
10:15am Concurrent Sessions #1
Paul Romer –Using web-based experiments and problem sets.   or  William Becker – “Adam Smith meets John Nash” active learning exercises for the classroom.
11:35am Buffet Lunch

Posters Session on teaching

12:45pm Concurrent Sessions #2
Paul Romer –Using web-based experiments and problem sets.   or  William Becker – “Adam Smith meets John Nash” active learning exercises for the classroom.
2:05pm Break
2:15pm General Session #2
William Becker “The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Doing classroom research and getting published.”
3:40pm Afternoon refreshment Break
3:55pm General Session #3
Panel:  "Doing classroom innovation and assessing its value" featuring classroom research being conducted in the Department of Economics at The University of Akron. 

moderated by:

  • Tom Angelo, Associate Provost for Teaching and Learning and founder of the “Symposium of Teaching Assessment and Learning" at The University of Akron


  • Richard Stratton, Associate Professor, The University of Akron
  • Steven Myers, Associate Professor, The University of Akron
  • Mike Nelson, Professor, The University of Akron
  • Phillip Allen, Chairman of The University of Akron's Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects
4:40pm Final Thoughts, evaluations and follow on preparations