At Queen's University Belfast, I teach the following courses:
EC2023 Data Analysis and Optimization - fall 2019
ECO1013 The Economy - fall 2020
EC3032 Economics of Networks and Institutions - spring 2019, 2020, 2021
I have receoved the following teaching awards and qualifications:
Since 2018, I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
In 2021, I was nominated for a Queen’sTeaching Awards.
In 2017, I was recognized as one of the best 5 tutors in the University of Glasgow.
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These are some things my students said about the courses that I have taught in the past.
``Not a suggestion for improvement, I just wanted to say that I really enjoy the module. Last year I didn't like the Micro module that much, so I was worried about this year's one, but surprisingly this module is great. I really like the structure of the module. Also I feel like I'm actually learning something for once, so thanks.''
``I really liked that it was more of a hands on approach, if that makes sense. It wasn't just "read the textbook and learn the material", the lecturer always went through all the examples in class.''
"Thank you for confirming you've received my exam. I also want to thank you for your guidance this semester, and especially for your efforts in accommodating the pivot to virtual learning. I have thoroughly enjoyed all the material discussed in this class, and I cannot believe how well it all applied to real life. It was really interesting especially to look at spread of contagion through networks, considering that world leaders and health ministers are using similar thoughts to address COVID. I will be holding onto my electronic copy of the textbook, too, for future reference. "
"Given that everything is online, it must be hard for you to gauge what everyone is thinking so I just wanted to reach out & express how much I am enjoying the module. It is unlike any other module I have studied & although it can be confusing, it is confusing in a good way as it really makes you think & is really interesting when you start to apply the theories to the real world. All the other students are really engaging with each other in group chats outside of the lecture & more so than any other module. For me personally, it is the module that I enjoy revising & reading about the most this term."
"Josue Ortega has been an exceptional lecturer. The quality of education he provides is above and beyond what we have come to expect. Indeed ‘Above and beyond’ is how we would describe Josue as a lecturer. Josue makes a conscious effort to identify areas where students lack confidence and help them to develop their abilities in these areas. This could be seen with the Game Theory aspect of our module, which although small, he devoted significant time to, to ensure all students were comfortable with the material. Josue ensures the module is relatable and uses relevant and current examples to show the practicality of the module. We feel this is particularly important as many students feel economics can be too theoretical for practical use. This can be seen with our final essay which relates to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the distribution of vaccines. Josue has made the extra effort to bring a range of additional speakers. These are not exclusively academics, but also those who work in industry. This has proven to be popular with the class as it is relevant to both those students interested in further study, and those leaving to begin graduate programmes. "
"Josue offered strong feedback, genuinely seemed to care about us as students and how we felt. Gave individual feedback on our midterms in less than a week. Josue went out of his way to organise additional guest lectures and was very passionate about his subject. Best lecturer I have encountered in my time at QUB"