Steven C. Myers
Department of  Economics

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Economics Department

I was proud to be a chartered member of the SoTAL group, Fall 2001-Spring 2002 led by Tom Angelo and to receive the additional title of SoTAL Fellow.  SoTAL is the Scholarship of Teaching, Assessment and Learning. 
 
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Papers and Presentations in date order: 2002 2003 2004 2005
2006
2007
2008
2009-2010 2011-2012
2017

1994-1998

“Teaching Economics Using Remote Media Retrieval,” Electronic Classroom Conference, 1995: Planning for Higher Education in the 21st Century, March 23, 1995.

Stratton, Myers and King.  "Faculty Behavior, Grades, and Student Evaluations," Journal of Economic Education, v. 25, no. 1, Winter 1994, pp. 5-15.  (link to Journal here)

"Exploring Multimedia and the Internet with Economic Applications" - A class for K-12 Teachers (1996 homepage, 1997 homepage).  Not my Scholarship, but students' work is linked.

"Teaching Economics, Multimedia and the Internet to K-12 Teachers," (PowerPoint Presentation) presented at Loraine Community College, electronic Campus Conference, 1997.

“An Asynchronous Way to Study” Teleconference, 17(10), November 1998, pp. 30-33.  [note: original title was changed to this by the editor.  The article deals with both asynchronous and synchronous issues]

1996-2000

Thus begins and ends my high-level administration time as Chief Information Officer at The University of Akron.  


2002  (top)

"Student Success in a Competency Based Online Course," Presentation and Poster Session , University of Akron, Celebrating Excellence in Teaching & Learning, Institute for Teaching and Learning, April 19, 2002 PowerPoint Presentation here.

  • A Flowchart of my Competency Based / Mastery Based Course Design is here (jpeg file).
"Teaching Economics on the Web: A Study of Student Success," Funded Grant Proposal, May 17, 2002.  Carnegie Teaching Academy Scholarship of Teaching, Assessment and Learning Funds, Institute for Teaching and Learning, The University of Akron.

"Student Success in a Competency Based Online Course," presented at the Western Economic Association International meetings, July 2, 2002. PowerPoint Presentation here.

"Why is the Screen in Front of the White Board?"  August 12, 2002. (pdf file)

EDUCAUSE 2002, Atlanta.   Demonstrations of the SMART Sympodium, October 2002 (Caution, presentations include large files)

  • SMART Sympoduim:  Interactive Lectern Integration Module - Various uses of the Sympodium in teaching. Primary presentation on the SMART Sympodium (HTML)
  • Example of Probablility Lesson being put online(HTML)
  • Presentation on Rear Projection Smart Boards (HTML)
  • Presentation of PowerPoint presented in SMART Notebook (not online)


"Instructional Design and The Online Student:  do On-Line Students Learn More Than Face-To-Face Students?  some Suggestive Evidence" Paper written for Syllabus Fall 2002, Boston MA, Novemer 5, 2002 (pdf format, includes economic awareness survey in the appendix)

  • This paper is now in the Social Science Research Newwork Electronic Library (ERN Educator, Vol. 1, No. 7, 04/28/2003) click here
  • Syllabus Conference Proceedings

  • Abstract:  An asynchronous course in the foundations of economic analysis depends on mastery of content before students may progress to the next module.  Each module is formulated with introduction, content, graded and non-graded assessment.  Student success over four semesters is pronounced with little withdrawal and mostly grades of A being received.  This presentation describes the instructional design, the testing environment and the degree of student and professor interaction that leads to these observed outcomes. 

    The author and his colleague at the University of Akron are undertaking an experiment comparing the success rates of face-to-face to online courses.  Two professors are offering the same undergraduate economics course and will measure the difference in pre-and post-test scores on a standardized exam to test whether students learn more in face-to-face or online courses.  The study will control for the level of prior economic literacy, previous grades and academic characteristics, attitudes towards economics and the amount of effort expected and actually spent in studying and performing in this class.  Previous research has shown that students in online courses do not do significantly worse than face-to-face students, but can not perform on as high a complex plane.  Our study will directly test this as well. 


"Mastery Learning and Online Success in Economics,"  Presentation to Teaching Online in Higher Education Conference, November 14, 2002 (Same PowerPoint used for the WEA 2002 Meetings)

  • Abstract:  An asynchronous course in the foundations of economic analysis depends on mastery of content before students may progress to the next module.  Each module is formulated with introduction, content, graded and non-graded assessment.  Student success over four semesters is pronounced with little withdrawal and mostly As being received.  This presentation describes the instructional design, the testing environment and the degree of student / professor interaction that leads to these observed outcomes.  Part of this presentation presents the students rejection of any synchronous contact and their evaluative comments. 
  • Conference website: http://www.ipfw.edu/as/tohe/2002/ and all conference sessions are here.
  • Direct link to the published online presentation is here.




2003(top)

"Teaching Economics on the Web--A Study of Student Success."  Poster Session--Teaching Techniques That Promote Active Learning,  Active Learning Strategies for the College and University Economics Classroom, Alied Social Science Association, Sunday January 4, 2003
 


"Do On-Line Students Analyze, Synthesize and Evaluate Better Than Face-To-Face Students?  Windows on the Future 2003, Ohio Learning Network, Columbus March 3-4, 2003.

"Teaching Economics on the Web--A Study of Student Success."  Midwest Economics Association, St. Louis, Friday March 28, 2003.
  • Paper and presentation is the same as the Ohio Learning Conference Linked above.
"Do math tutorial programs and electronic experiments enhance student success in economics?" in the session "Evaluation of New Teaching Methods," Western Economic Association, Saturday, July 12, 2003 at 10:15AM.   (paper being revised)

Founding and organizing of the Midwest Conference on Student Learning in Economics, held at The University of Akron, Novermber 7, 2003 (visit the conference site)
 




2004 (top)

"Do On-Line Students in a Mastery Based Principles Course Analyze, Synthesize and Evaluate Better Than Face-To-Face Students? Presentation to NAEE/CSEE sessions, ASSA meetings, San Diego, January 5, 2004

"Six Uses of Technology to Improve Teaching and Learning," Poster Session AEA Committee on Economic Education, ASSA meetings, San Diego, January 4, 2004 "Digital Pen Technology in Electronic Technologies"  Good Practice Showcase, The Economics Centre of the Learning and Teaching Support Network (LTSN),  Universtiy of Bristol, UK, January 2004.


"Scaffolding Computer Skills and Creating Electronic Portfolios for the Assessment of Economic Students," Teaching Economics:  Instruction and Classroom Based Research, 15th Annual Conference, Robert Morris University, February 12-14, 2004


 "Virtual Office Hours:  Tutoring Distance Students in Mathematics, Statistics and Economics" presentation to the Ohio Commons for Digital Education 2004 Conference.  March 8-9, 2004.


“Scaffolding Computer Skills and Creating Electronic Portfolios for the Assessment of Economic Students,” Midwest Economics Association Annual Meeting, Chicago,  Friday, March 19, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

"Student Created Electronic Portfolios For Formative And Summative Assessment,"  Western Economics Association, Vancouver, BC July 2, 2004.

"Student Created Electronic Portfolios For Formative And Summative Assessment,"  Presented to Assessment Team Members, College of Business, University of Central Florida, October 15, 2004.

Founding and organizing of the Midwest Conference on Student Learning in Economics, Novermber 4-5, 2004 (visit the conference site)

"Digital Pen Technologies in Lecture Presentations: live demonstrations of the Tablet PC and SMART Sympodium,"  Technology Showcase, Midwest Conference on Student Learning in Economics, Akron, OH, November 5, 2004.

"Midwest Conference on Student Learning in Economics:  Innovation, Assessment and Classroom Research"  Teaching Economics Workshops:  A Panel Discussion, Southern Economics Association Annual Meetings, November 21, 2004.

"Electronic Portfolios and Assessment of Economic Majors" presented to Southern Economics Association Annual Meetings, November 21, 2004.

2005

"Electronic Portfolios and the Authentic Assessment of Economics Major" presented to the Robert Morris Conference on Teaching Economics:  Instruction and Classroom Based Research, February 18, 2005

“Digital Ink and the Teaching of Economics and Statistics” presented to the Robert Morris Conference on Teaching Economics:  Instruction and Classroom Based Research, Moon Valley PA,  February 18, 2005.

"Electronic Grading" a keynote address to a conference on Writing in Quantative Demanding Disciplines, Bryn Mawr, June 9, 2005

Midwest Conference on Student Learning in Economics:  Innovation, Assessment and Classroom Research, November 3-4, 2005.


2006

"Assessing of a Proficiency Based Economics Major" presented to the Midwest Economics Association Annual Meetings, Chicago, March 25, 2006.

"Technology Supporting Teaching, Learning, and Research at The University of Akron:  A Faculty and Student Survey,” Presentation to the Celebration of Excellence in Learning and Teaching, The University of Akron, April 14, 2006 (with Neil Sapienza, Philip Allen, Frank Bove, William Donovan, and Evangeline Varonis).

"Assessing a Proficiency Based Major" presented to the Celebration of Excellence in Learning and Teaching 2006, The University of Akron, April 14, 2006. (same as above)

"What I Can Do With a Pen That I Can Not Do With a Mouse," a presentation on the Tablet PC presented to the Celebration of Excellence in Learning and Teaching 2006, The University of Akron, April 14, 2006.
"Weathering the Perfect Storm or Thriving in a New Environment: Assessing a Proficiency Based Economics Major" (October 13, 2006). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=946032  (with Michael Nelson and Richard Stratton)

2007

"Looking beyond the Whiz-bang Technology:  Using Mobile Learning Technology Tools to Improve Economic Instruction"  Presented to the AEA/CAI group, ASSA Annual Meetings, Chicago, January 7, 2007 (with Dan Talley)

“Why Your Next Laptop Needs a Pen: Using Mobile Learning Technology to Improve Teaching and Learning,” A CELT Interactive Workshop, April 2 and 3, 2007.  (pdf  of DyKnow Vision session).

“Podcasting of Introductory Psychology Lectures and Academic Performance,” Presented to CELT, April 3, 2007. (with Phil Allen, joelle Elicker, neil Sapenza, Litsa Veronis, Frank Bove, and William Donovan)

“Why the UA Faculty Should Get Tablet PCs” a paper written and submitted internally to the laptop refresh committee via Herb Matheny. A copy also appears online on my blog (click here for that paper).

“Learning Econometrics in a Problem Based Learning Curriculum with the Tablet PC: An experiment in 1:1 computing.” Poster Presentation, Workshop on the Impact of Pen-based Technology on Education, Purdue University, June 11-12, 2007 (ppt presentation)

“Problem Based Learning in Econometrics with Supporting Technology,” Invited Presentation, DyKnow User Group Meeting, DePauw University, June 14, 2007 (ppt presentation) This is essentially the same as the previous presentation.

"Problem Based Learning in an Applied Econometrics Curriculum," presented in session on Active Learning Strategies in Economics, International Atlantic Economic Society Annual Meetings, Savannah, October 9, 2007.
  • paper available on request only


  • 2008

    Weathering the Perfect Storm or Thriving in a New Environment: Assessing a Proficiency-Based Economics Major (with Michael Nelson and Richard Stratton) presented to the Research on Undergraduate Courses and Majors session sponsored by the Committee on Economic Education, American Economic Association, ASSA meetings, New Orleans, Jan. 4, 2008.  (competitive submission, while a revised paper will be presented, the original completed submitted paper is available at SSRN (ERN Educator) ERN  Educator: Courses, Cases & Teaching Abstracts, Vol. 4, No. 28: December 18, 2006.
    This ASSA paper will be available at the American Economic Association conference web site.

    Problem Based Learning in an Applied Econometric Curriculum, presented to the Poster Session on Teaching Ideas and Projects sponsored by the Committee of Economic Education, American Economic Association, ASSA meetings, New Orleans, Jan. 5, 2008.
    • paper available on request

    Webpage and list creation:  UAdig:  The University of Akron Digital Ink Group. April 2008

    "The Tablet PC in the Classroom -- Introduction," 7th Annual Celebration of Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), April 7, 2008. (pdf verstion of the powerpoint)

    "The Tablet PC in the Classroom -- Advanced," 7th Annual Celebration of Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), April 8, 2008. (pdf verstion of the powerpoint)

    "E-portfolios and Student Research in the Assessment of a Proficiency-based Major" presented at "Documentting Student Success within the Ohio College Portrait" (with Michael Nelson and Richard Stratton) sponsored by Planning Committee on Higher Learning Accountability and Productivity of the Ohio Board of Regents.  The Ohio State Universtiy, Columbus, June 19, 2008. (pdf verstion of the powerpoint)

    E-portfolios and Student Research in the Assessment of a Proficieny-based Major (with Michael Nelson and Richard Stratton) in Banta, Trudy, Karen Black and Elizabeth Jones (eds.)  Principles and Profiles of Good Practice in Assessment (tentative title), Jossey-Bass (forthcoming).

    Presentation to the Political Science Department, October 14, 2008 (ppt) and the our online vs. face-to-face paper (pdf).

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    Poly Sci October14 2008
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    2009

    "Digital Ink in and out of the Classroom" workshop presented at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, March 10, 2009.

    "Assessing an Economics Program: Hansen Proficiencies, EPortfolio, and Student Research"  International Review of Economics Education. 8 (1), June 2009. (with Michael Nelson and Richard Stratton) (paper link here).

    "Assessment of the Undergraduate Economics Major:  A National Survey” under review, April 2009. (with  Michael Nelson and Richard Stratton). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1394240

    E-portfolios and Student Research in the Assessment of a Proficieny-based Major (with Michael Nelson and Richard Stratton) in Designing Effective Assessment: Principles and Profiles of Good Practice by Trudy W. Banta, Karen E. Black, Elizabeth A. Jones (ISBN: 978-0-470-39334-5) Paperback. 352 pages. July 2009.

    "What do 'We' think about the economy?" Presented to the Mens Club of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, October 27, 2009. E-portfolios and Student Research in the Assessment of a Proficiency-based Major (with Michael Nelson and Richard Stratton) in Designing Effective Assessment: Principles and Profiles of Good Practice by Trudy W. Banta, Karen E. Black, Elizabeth A. Jones (ISBN: 978-0-470-39334-5) Paperback. 352 pages. July 2009.

    "Assessment of the Undergraduate Economics Major:  A National Survey” Economics Educator: Courses, Cases & Teaching Abstracts, v. 7, No. 13, May 2009. (with  Michael Nelson and Richard Stratton). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1394240

    "Assessing an Economics Program: Hansen Proficiencies, EPortfolio, and Student Research"  International Review of Economics Education. 8 (1), June 2009. (with Michael Nelson and Richard Stratton) (http://www.economicsnetwork.ac.uk/iree/v8n1/).

    2011
    “Assessment of the Undergraduate Economics Major: A National Survey” Journal of Economic Education, v. 42, No. 2, April-June 2011, pp. 195-199.

    "Annual Survey Project, 2009-2011, Perceptions versus Realities," Survey forms and relative frequency distributions, Course in Computer Skills for Economic Analysis,  Department of Economics, The University of Akron, Nov 8, 2011. (available as a pdf)

     2012

    "Teaching Economic Realities versus Perceptions usinf Surveys and SAS(r)." presented to 23rd Annual Teaching Economics Conference on Instruction and Classroom Based Research, Robert Morris University, Feb 17, 2012. (proposal link)  (PowerPoint Show)

     2017



    Future: (top)
    Other Current Research: (top)

    "Electronic Portfolios and the Assessment of the undergraduate Economics Major"

    "Multisource Data Analysis: A Classroom Project ."

    "Problem Based Learning in Econometrics"

    "Digital Pen Technologies and 1-1 Computing / Learning."

    Online teaching of economics.
     







     
     
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