OER event at PC, Nov. 1st

Next Tuesday Nov. 1st I’m helping to facilitate a session on open educational resources for the Center for Teaching Excellence here at Providence College. I’ll be talking about my experience adopting an open textbook this semester and some of the evidence from the economics literature on open ed and open access infrastructure. Here’s a teaser: across my sections of Principles of Microeconomics this semester I have 81 students. Assigning an open textbook instead of the industry standard will save my students a total of almost $30,000! That seems like a good deal to me!

My colleagues Andria Tieman and Hailie Posey will be talking about what OER means and how to find and adopt resources. They are the ones who actually know a lot about this stuff! The CTE announcement is below. If you’re around, consider joining us!

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History repeating, volume ∞

Right now I’m reading Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck by Adam Cohen. It’s about Buck v. Bell, the 1927 Supreme Court decision on forced sterilization, and the shocking breadth of the surrounding eugenics movement. It’s leaving me frequently speechless and the writing is great. I recommend it.

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Rethinking the first year graduate economics program

The job market for economists is revving up again, and I’m thinking about the gauntlet of graduate education that the rookie economists have just survived to get to this point. I want to raise a few questions—typical academic navel-gazing about “the state of the field”. Basically my message is that I think the time has come to retire and replace the first year graduate economics “canon”. Hopefully I can justify myself with some (leading) questions.

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