Role of Movies and Economics. Movie Clips are Exponentially More Impactful than "Chalk and Talk"

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“A picture is worth a thousand words” is an adage meaning that complex and sometimes multiple ideas can be conveyed by a single still image. Pictures are a fantastic learning device, but why stop there? A one minute video can have as many as 3600 moving pictures. I will explain how the use of targeted short movie clips makes learning more memorable, creates community, promotes inclusivity, and provides “sticky” moments where learning is internalised. This seminar will showcase vivid examples, provide opportunities for interaction, foster the exchange of wisdom, and (hopefully) inspire attendees to step aside more often and let movie magic do the heavy instructional lifting.

Bio: Dirk Mateer is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Arizona. He is the author of Economics in the Movies (2005), Essentials of Economics (2015), and Principles of Economics (2020). His website: houses over 500 media assets that relate economics to popular culture. Dirk is also an award-winning instructor. He has been featured in the "Great Teachers in Economics" series and he was also the inaugural winner of the Economic Communicator Contest. While he was at Penn State, he received the George W. Atherton Award, the university’s highest teaching award, and was voted the best overall teacher in the Smeal College of Business by the readers of Critique Magazine. Now at the University of Arizona, he received the best large class lecture award in the Eller College of Management and the University’s Koffler Teaching Prize, a quadrennial award for his contributions in economic education.