Learning Methods

Experiential Learning

Passion-Driven Statistics.

This course introduces statistics and statistical software by encouraging students to ask questions about which they are passionate. Using massive data sets and statistical software, students design a research project of their choosing and are supported while learning to use R, Stata, Python, or SAS to find answers.


Economics can be highly abstract, but affects all of us. This story of price discrimination shows how it affects us all. 


Stories don’t provide the same synthesis of learning but they do provide hooks on which learning hangs. Sometimes stories engage and provide memorable links between abstract concepts and real experiences.

Examples of this approach can be seen in Learn PFL for the Economic Literacy Council of Colorado.The raging river is a powerful analogy for the economy.
The man who lived without money provides insight into the power of money to facilitate transactions.