Economics Professor Wins Award for Excellence in Teaching with Technology

Niroj Bhattarai, chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Front Range Community College’s Larimer Campus, is the 2016 Jerome Wartgow Teaching with Technology Award winner in all of the Colorado Community Colleges System.

In addition to his chair duties, Bhattarai teaches economics in classroom and online settings, and it is in the classroom that Bhattarai reinvented the way he teaches economics. Technology is the key, and students will appreciate the economy of his methods.

Niroj Bhattarai

Niroj Bhattarai

Bhattarai requires his students to bring a laptop or tablet to class. These days, laptops and tablets can be cheaper than a collection of required printed textbooks that eventually go out of date. Students use their devices to access real-time statistics, such as from the U.S. Department of Labor website, to apply real data to economic concepts.

Bhattarai also incorporates free, credible online textbooks and other online resources. He has created a free on-campus economics tutoring service.

The annual Wartgow award recognizes a faculty member for excellence in using educational technologies to improve teaching and learning. Wartgow, a longtime Colorado educator, is a former president of CCCS, superintendent of Denver Public Schools, and chancellor of the University of Colorado-Denver. The award was given at a meeting this month of the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education.


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John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College.