Matthew S. Wilson

Courses taught as primary instructor

-Intermediate Macroeconomics (recent syllabus)

-Principles of Macroeconomics (recent syllabus)

-Public Economics (recent syllabus)

-Intermediate Microeconomics (Econ 311)

-Game Theory (Econ 327)


Over the years, I have developed a number of ways to harness technology to improve student learning. Here are a few examples.

I created this video with GapMinder to illustrate the role of resources. Surprising results - like the one in this video - stir up student curiousity. As a failed music major, my interdisciplinary background helps me spot unexpected connections between classical music and economic ideas; this makes lessons more memorable. Without further ado, here is how a Haydn symphony can teach students about resources and GDP:

supply_demand

USA: Green
Qatar: Crimson (they have a lot of oil!)
Real GDP per capita over time




And here Pachelbel's "Canon in D" teaches students about business cycles:




More often than not, I use a chalkboard or whiteboard when teaching. But sometimes the graphs can be messy when drawn by hand. In those cases, I make a short animation on the computer. This clip shows one of the steps in drawing the substitution and income effects.




The first time I taught Principles of Macro, some students struggled with calculating real GDP. I concluded that they weren't getting enough practice, so I designed a website for them. A random number generator creates the prices and quantities in each year, so they can try a nearly unlimited amount of exercises. Solutions are at the bottom of the page. After I set up the website, students started doing noticeably better on GDP questions.

GDP Practice (Principles of Macro)


I have similar websites for CPI Practice, Intermediate Macro GDP, and growth rates.