Digital Education Innovator To Give Eckley Economics Lecture
Feb. 27, 2018
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois Wesleyan University will welcome Carlos Asarta, the Director
of the Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship (CEEE) and Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of
Delaware, for a talk titled “Teaching Digitally-Minded Students” as part of the Robert
S. Eckley Lecture Series in Economics.
The lecture will be held on Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in the Hansen Student Center,
and is free and open to the public.
“Professor Asarta's research focuses on the areas of economic education, and the use
of technology in classroom,” said Illinois Wesleyan Associate Professor and Chair
of Economics Amit Ghosh. “At IWU, where we greatly value the quality of student learning,
he will be presenting his applied research on the effectiveness of educational practices
targeted at digitally-minded students, a topic that transcends disciplines.”
Asarta, who holds a doctorate and master's degree in economics from the University
of Nebraska-Lincoln, has published research in academic journals including the Journal of Economic Education, Internet and Higher Education and Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education. Asarta has contributed toward updating the classroom to reflect the digital prowess
of its students, most recently through his work as co-creator of Connect for Principles of Economics (McGraw-Hill).
With its “digital first” approach to learning, Connect for Principles of Economics takes all of the key ideas from Principles of Economics, a classic textbook utilized in many introductory college economics courses including
at IWU, and formats the information in a more student-friendly, interactive format.
It consists of 220 distinct concepts, each of which features a two to four-minute
explanatory video, dynamic examples of applied concepts and assessment tools, all
designed to make the course work more individualized to each student’s abilities and
Asarta has received several teaching, service and research awards, including the Outstanding
Educator of the Year Award from the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska
(2013), the Lerner College Outstanding Teacher Award (2015) and the Abbejean Kehler
Technology Award from the National Association of Economic Educators and the Council
for Economic Education (2016).