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Past Winners of the Teacher of the Week

Sheryl Ball

   

The Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER) recognizes Sheryl Ball, associate professor of Economics, for using a wide variety of active learning tools in her teaching in an effort to help students understand what it feels like to be a scientist.

Dr. Ball teaches Experimental Economics (ECON 4434), Graduate Experimental Economics (ECON 5964) and Neuroeconomics (NEUR/PSYC/ECON 4454) for the department of economics. Neuroeconomics is an interdisciplinary research field that operates at the intersection of Neuroscience, Psychology and Economics. For that reason, Dr. Ball recruits students from these and related fields and assigns them to multidisciplinary groups. The class format is completely "flip lecture" so students rely on their classmates to help them master material that is unfamiliar while offering help with material that is familiar. This way students learn about other disciplines while exploring how the material they know from their own discipline can be used to explore how our adaptive brains make decisions.

Dr. Ball has published papers on pedagogy, is the recipient of department teaching awards, and the Southern Economics Association's Award (Kenneth Elizinga Award).

Homepage: http://www.econ.vt.edu/





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