Round Four Gateway Courses
DCAL is excited to announce that Economics 20: Econometrics, taught by professors Ethan Lewis and Taryn Dinkelman, will be the next course to receive support from the Gateway Course Redesign Initiative. Econometrics is the statistical analysis of economic data, and this course focuses on regression analysis (specification, estimation, and hypothesis testing) and problems and pitfalls in its application in economics. The course involves extensive use of the statistical program STATA and enables students to implement their own empirical research projects in preparation for the culminating experience in the economics major.
The Gateway Initiative is designed to support faculty in achieving their teaching and learning goals for larger-enrollment foundational courses. The Initiative provides faculty with the opportunity to engage in deep collaboration with instructional designers, media educators, librarians, and assessment specialists. Support for undergraduate Learning Fellows and other instructional costs, as well as a stipend, is provided. Gateway faculty also join a community of practice of Dartmouth professors that has formed to discuss and share strategies to enhance active and experiential learning in their teaching.
To date, the Initiative has collaborated with faculty on redesigning for 13 introductory Dartmouth courses.