It is an understatement to say that I am passionate about sharing the good word of economics!


I first taught undergraduate level econ, math and statistics at the Departement of economics and management at the University of Strasbourg (France) for 3 years.

Afterwards, I was employed as a teaching fellow by the Mines Nancy graduate school of engineering (University of Lorraine, Nancy, France), one of the top engineering grad school in France. I had the opportunity to explain economics to an audience who was not familiar with the social sciences – and, to be honest, not always interested either… It was a challenge, and I loved it!

And then I returned to a more traditional teaching environment, at the Department of law and economics at the University of Lorraine (Nancy, France). I mostly taught game theory and contract theory, the latter to econ grad students.

Pedagogical engineer

After teaching at various educational institutions for 6 years, I am currently employed as a pedagogical engineer by the Department of law and economics at the University of Lorraine (Nancy, France). My role is:

  • to assist faculties to leverage the university's online teaching platform (a customized version of Moodle) with new teaching methods and tools
  • to help track the outcomes of pedagogical changes made by the department, especially with the help of statistical dashboards and indicators1)
  • to coordinate various university offices to develop a new method that use iPads to test students
  • to improve day to day communications between the department and the students through new technologies

Economics outreach

I also ran an online economics outreach platform (in French) for three years called Le Signal Économie, from Sept. 2015 to Dec. 2018. I did:

  • podcasting, I interviewed researchers on their work
  • vlogging on YouTube
  • writing blog posts
  • developing an economics terms dictionnary
  • community management, especially with a Facebook group

Even though I ultimately had to shut the platform down2), it was a great experience! And I still continue to do a bit of economics outreach, on my spare time.

Coming soon!

A new law recently changed different aspects of undergraduate studies in French universities. One of the main question is: which impact this law has? I answer it locally, but I am also in touch with other pedagogical engineers in other departments at the University of Lorraine, and in other universities in France.
Over the years, I accumulated way too many bad technical and editorial decisions, to the point the platform became barely manageable. It was a failure, but I am proud to the fact that I tried to run it, on my own, for three years, where I had literally zero experience with content and editing!
  • Last modified: 5 months ago
  • by Olivier Simard-Casanova