Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship podcast

Within the Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship (EFE) department at Aston University, many of our academics have a strong interest in teaching and learning. We therefore created this podcast with an aim to share insight, innovations, and best practice among the department, as well to a wider audience. The podcast is led by Karishma Patel, a Teaching Fellow in Economics at Aston University. In each episode, we invite members of the department to have a conversation about a topic which they are interested in. We also invite guest speakers to share their insights with us.

Season 1 - Episode 1 - 'Bridging the Gap' between academic and professional Economics with Dr Dean Garratt

In this episode Karishma Patel welcomes Dr Dean Garratt, a Senior Teaching Fellow from the Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship department at Aston University, to share his vision for bridging the gap between academic and professional economics.

Motivated by his own experiences in professional economics, including his work at the Government Economic Service (GES), Dean talks about how he has embedded the GES competencies assessed at Economic Assessment Centres into his module’s teaching and assessment. Dean provides valuable advice for colleagues teaching Economics (and beyond), on how they can closer align their assessment and teaching with the real world.

Release date: June 2023

 

Season 1 - Episode 2 - 'Do Not Feed The Ducks!' - Experiential Learning with Dr Tim Burnett

In this episode Karishma Patel invites Dr Tim Burnett, a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship department at Aston University, to share his approach to experiential learning on statistics based modules. Tim presents a vision for using this approach to enable students to become active learners and provides some advice for implementation across a range of modules. For further insight, refer to 'Do Not Feed The Ducks! Using self-guided data exploration in Excel' (2020) by Tim Burnett.

Release date: June 2023

 

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Using classroom experiments in teaching with Dr Maria Kozlovskaya

In this episode Karishma Patel is joined by Dr Maria Kozlovskaya, a Senior Lecturer from the Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship department at Aston University. Maria draws on her expertise in using games and experiments in teaching Behavioural Economics, to provide practical advice for lecturers who are looking to use games and experiments in their own teaching. For further insight, refer to Games, Simulations and Playful Learning in Business Education (2021).

Release date: July 2023

 

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Feedback design and managing students' feedback expectations with Dr Robert Riegler

In this episode, Karishma Patel invites Dr Robert Riegler, a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship department at Aston University to share some insights from his co-authored paper on students' feedback experiences and expectations pre- and post-university entry. Robert reflects on the findings of his research in order to provide suggestions on feedback design and managing students' feedback expectations. For further insight, refer to 'Students' feedback experiences and expectation pre- and post-university entry' by Gray, K., Riegler, R., and Walsh, M. (2022).

Release date: July 2023

 

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Enhancing the effectiveness of large group teaching with Professor Chris Jones

In this episode Karishma Patel is joined by Professor Chris Jones from the Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship department at Aston University who shares insights from his experiences of large group teaching. Chris discusses some of the challenges that may be associated with teaching large class sizes, and suggests ways in which we can increase engagement in the classroom. Chris also shares some valuable advice for junior colleagues who may be entering the classroom for the first time. For further insight, refer to 'Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Perspectives from a Business School' (2019).

Release date: July 2023

 

Conference Special (Part 1) - Developments in Economics Education (DEE) Conference 

This is part 1 of a special conference episode based on the 12th Developments in Economics Education (DEE) Conference, organised by the Economics Network, which took place at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh on the 4th and 5th of September 2023.

In this episode, Karishma Patel (Aston University) speaks to (in order of appearance): Dimitra Petropoulou (London School of Economics), Tisha Emerson (East Carolina University), Fabio Arico & Ritchie Woodard (University of East Anglia), John Sloman (University of Bristol & University of the West of England), Maria Psyllou (University of Birmingham), Jon Guest and Robert Riegler (Aston University).
 

Release date: October 2023

Conference Special (Part 2) - Developments in Economics Education (DEE) Conference 

This is part 2 of a special conference episode based on the 12th Developments in Economics Education (DEE) Conference, organised by the Economics Network, which took place at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh on the 4th and 5th of September 2023.

In this episode, Karishma Patel (Aston University) speaks to (in order of appearance): Caroline Elliott (University of Warwick), Gail Hoyt (University of Kentucky), Parama Chaudhury (University College London), Steven Proud (University of Bristol), Matthew Olczak (Aston University), Chris M. Wilson (Loughborough University), Jana Sadeh (University of Southampton), Ashley Lait (University of Bristol).
 

Release date: October 2023

Teaching Data Analysis Skills using 'Pair Programming'

In this episode, Karishma Patel (Aston University) invites Dr Annika Johnson, Dr Anastasia Papadopoulou and Dr Stefania Simion from the University of Bristol, who recently presented at one of the Birmingham Economic Education Seminars (BEES), to share insights from a workshop which they ran with an aim to introduce students to the basics of Python using an approach known as pair programming. They discuss potential applications of this approach in a classroom setting for courses on data analysis and beyond. 

Release date: January 2024

Procrastination Be Gone! Can task lists and weekly reminders improve student grades and reduce submission times?

In this episode, Karishma Patel (Aston University) invites Dr Panagiotis Giannarakis, Dr Emanuela Lotti and Dr Jana Sadeh from the University of Southampton, who recently presented at one of the Birmingham Economics Education Seminars (BEES), to share insights from their ongoing research into whether we can improve student grades and reduce submission times by 'nudging' their procrastination away. They reflect on some of the outcomes of an intervention which they introduced for a long-term assessment, which included a weekly task list and weekly reminders of these tasks. They also provide useful suggestions and important things to take into consideration for those looking to implement something similar. 

Release date: February 2024

The role of A-levels in students' assessment expectations at university with Dr Annika Johnson

In this episode, Karishma Patel (Aston University) invites Dr Annika Johnson from the University of Bristol to discuss how the role of A-levels affects students' assessment expectations at university. Drawing on her experience of teaching A-Level economics, and her present role teaching economics at university, Annika provides valuable insights into how our students' approaches to assessment might be influenced by their educational experiences prior to university.

Release date: February 2024

Enhancing Learning and Engagement Through Escape Room Games with Dr Maria Psyllou

In this episode, Karishma Patel (Aston University) invites Dr Maria Psyllou from the University of Birmingham, who recently presented at one of the Birmingham Economics Education Seminars (BEES), to discuss an escape room style game that she introduced into an introductory mathematics course for undergraduate economics students. Maria shares valuable insights into her approach, and provides useful suggestions for implementation on economics courses and beyond.

Release date: March 2024

Increasing the Diversity in Economics Students with Discover Economics

In this episode, Karishma Patel (Aston University) invites Sam McLoughlin (Senior Campaign Manager at Discover Economics), Dr Tim Burnett (Senior Teaching Fellow at Aston University and Academic Champion for Discover Economics), and Amy East (Student at Aston University and Student Champion for Discover Economics), to share insights into their collaborative efforts with Discover Economics to increase the diversity in economics students. They discuss the importance of this initiative and suggest ways in which current economics undergraduate students, lecturers and school teachers can get involved.

Release date: March 2024