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Going online — the experience

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Two weeks ago I, along with all my colleagues at GMU, learned two things -- moving classes online for a few weeks and restrictions of travel due to concerns over the Coronavirus.  Since that time, I have been learning how to move my class online and canceling upcoming professional and personal travel.  I have never taught online, so my learning curve is quite steep.  And to make issues worse, this term I am teaching what I take as a professional responsibility as one of the most important classes one can teach in a PhD program -- Advanced Microeconomics.  We will muddle through, and with a use of mix between videos and readings, and discussion forums, as well as other assessment tools, hopefully the students in the class will learn their lessons in price theory well and be able to

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Two weeks ago I, along with all my colleagues at GMU, learned two things -- moving classes online for a few weeks and restrictions of travel due to concerns over the Coronavirus.  Since that time, I have been learning how to move my class online and canceling upcoming professional and personal travel.  I have never taught online, so my learning curve is quite steep.  And to make issues worse, this term I am teaching what I take as a professional responsibility as one of the most important classes one can teach in a PhD program -- Advanced Microeconomics.  We will muddle through, and with a use of mix between videos and readings, and discussion forums, as well as other assessment tools, hopefully the students in the class will learn their lessons in price theory well and be able to draw on this human capital investment for a good part of their professional careers as economists.  Failing in this task as an educator, even in these unusual circumstances, is unacceptable and would be a professional failing on my part.

My course is now up on Blackboard, and I shared this slide from earlier in the semester to all the students to remember what we are exploring as thoroughly as we can throughout the term. 

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I also learned last night that GMU has decided to go online for the rest of the Spring 2020 term.

We have another week of break and then back at it on March 24th, with a discussion of property rights and the issue of coordination and cooperation within firms and within society -- from Alchian to Oliver Hart and beyond.  I find this stuff fascinating to think about, and , let's hope I can communicate that fascination with the material in this new medium.

I will communicate my experience as we progress, and anyone who might have tips please send them to me at my GMU email.

Peter Boettke
Peter Joseph Boettke (January 3, 1960) is an American economist of the Austrian School. He is currently a University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University; the BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism, Vice President for Research, and Director of the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at GMU.

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