25th Australasian Teaching Economics Conference (ATEC2021)

Teaching design for cooperative learning


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    14 June 2021

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    15-16 July 2021


The 25th Australasian Teaching Economics Conference (ATEC2021) will be hosted by the University of Queensland, Brisbane on 15 -16 July 2021. All presentations will be delivered via Zoom. 

The theme of the conference this year is Teaching Design for Cooperative Learning. Papers on this topic are encouraged, but submissions on any aspect of Economics Education are welcome too.

We are delighted to announce that Professor KimMarie McGoldrick (University of Richmond), a leading scholar in Economics Education and Cooperative Learning and co-editor of the Journal of Economic Education, will deliver the keynote lecture A comprehensive approach to developing cooperative learning exercises: Using backwards design

A further highlight will be the presentation by Dr Jacqui Dwyer (Head of Information Department, RBA), regarding the latest insights of the RBA’s research on studying economics in Australia. 

The Women in Economics Network (WEN) session will feature a talk from Catie Bradbear (Productivity Commission and WEN ACT) and Harry Greenwell (Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government) on Mentoring for women economics students: evidence from a randomised control trial.

There are no submission and registration fees. 

For all your queries, please contact ATEC Admin.

The ATEC2021 local organising committee

Dr Frederique Bracoud (Chair)
Dr Suzanne Bonner
Dr Axel Wieneke

Rose Linke (marketing)
Sarah Brishetto (marketing)


Abstract Submissions

Abstracts should be submitted by COB Monday 14th June 2021. Late abstract submissions will be considered but not guaranteed for inclusion in the conference.

Abstracts should be 250-400 words. The submission format is PDF or Microsoft Word. Please include the title and submitting authors in the file name for submission. Full names of the authors with their institutional affiliations and the contact author’s e-mail should be included in the abstract. Abstracts should outline the main questions that the presentation addresses, specify the key methodological features employed to support the presentation’s contribution and summarise the conclusions.

Authors are welcome to submit a full paper if there is one. The tradition of ATEC is that authors after the conference can share their presentation slides if they do not have a paper yet. 

Authors will be notified whether their proposed presentations have been accepted to the conference by Thursday 24th June 2021. They will need to register for the conference before Wednesday 30th June 2021 to be included in the programme. 

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Thursday 15th July 2021

9am Arrivals/Log-in to Zoom


Professor Daniel Zizzo (Head of School of Economics, University of Queensland)
Frederique Bracoud (Chair of the ATEC2021 local team, The University of Queensland)


Keynote address

Professor KimMarie McGoldrick (University of Richmond, USA) A comprehensive approach to developing cooperative learning exercises: Using backwards design.

10.30am Coffee break

Invited talk

Dr Jacqui Dwyer (Reserve Bank of Australia) Insights from the RBA’s Research on Studying Economics.

11.30am Coffee break

Contributed presentations - Session 1: General

David Walker (La Trobe University) Education for economic and financial literacy in Victorian secondary schools, Australia.

Viet-Ngu Hoang (Queensland University of Technology) University choices by business students in Brisbane.

Damien Eldridge (Australian National University) What is marginal benefit? Reconciling elementary and intermediate approaches to consumer demand.

1.15pm Lunch break

Contributed presentations - Session 2: Assessment

Carl Sherwood and Annari de Waal (University of Queensland) A pathway for learning to think like an economist: CLEAR-JEs as an assessment task.

Axel Wieneke (University of Queensland) 1001 Presentations: A tale of do's and don’ts for collaborative learning in economics.

David Moreton (University of Melbourne) Are two heads better than one? Estimating the effect of assignment pairing on student learning in a level 2 quantitative subject
3.30pm Coffee break


(6.45-8.15am in the UK)

Contributed presentations - Session 3: CORE Project Australia

Wendy Carlin (University College London) CORE - The Big Idea (the video).

Paul Crosby (Macquarie University) Reflections on 5 years of CORE Project at Macquarie University.

Andrew Brennan (Curtin University) Experiences and challenges of embedding CORE in the first- and second-year undergrad B.Com at Curtin University.

Buly Cardak (La Trobe University) Teaching Economics 101 using CORE’s The Economy: Evidence on the benefits of a new approach.
5.30pm Herbal tea break


(8.45-10.15am in the UK)

Contributed presentations - Session 4: CORE Project UK

Paul Cowell (University of Stirling) Teaching Covid Economics Using CORE and Cooperation.

Carlos Cortinhas (University of Exeter) Cooperative Learning the CORE way: Getting the students to work together on real-life policy problems.

Ramin Nassehi (University College London) The CORE Video Tutorials: a holistic approach in explaining models

Friday 16th July 2021

9.15am Arrivals/Log-in to Zoom

Contributed presentations - Session 5: Assessment

Wasana Karunarathne (University of Melbourne) Building generic skills through assessment: An early opportunity for first-year undergraduate students.

Ian Mackenzie (University of Queensland) Authentic assessment: replication of real-life tasks of a policy economist.

Jack Leggett (University of Queensland) Repeated quizzing of basic mathematics concepts to improve grades in economics classes.

11am Coffee break

Invited Talk - WEN Session

Catie Bradbear (Productivity Commission and WEN ACT) and Harry Greenwell (Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government) Mentoring for women economics students: Evidence from a randomised control trial.

12-12.15pm Coffee break

Contributed presentations - Session 6: Graduate attributes

Louisa Coglan (Queensland University of Technology) Addressing the gap in economics education: Embedding indigenous perspectives  

Suzanne Bonner (University of Queensland) Teaching ethics in economics (Applications in cost-benefit analysis).

1.15pm Lunch break


(5-6.30am in the UK)

Contributed presentations - Session 7: Student engagement

Frederique Bracoud (University of Queensland) The three-colour tutorial: Differentiated parallel activities, customized to students’ heterogeneous level of preparedness and needs.

Bob Wigley (University of Queensland) The effects of technology on Gen Z and the implications for teaching and learning.

Dunli Li (University College London) “Come on Guys, Get Active” – The relationship between lecture attendance, lecture recording and academic performance.


Closing remarks

Professor Rod O'Donnell (The University of Technology Sydney)