Sunday, August 09, 2009

Blog Development

I have added a substantial number of links to online audio and video resources. All of these links are to superb lectures and interviews with some of the thought leaders in the related areas to this blog. It raises again the question that we have talked about from time to time as to what the proliferation of such material implies for traditional methods of teaching. For example, if you wanted to learn now about behavioural economics, econometrics and related fields the side-bar has links to full lecture courses given in places like Yale as well as detailed interviews with thought leaders in the relevant fields. It would be very interesting to do something on the implication of online content and technology for traditional teaching methods. If anyone comes across interesting literature on this, particularly with reference to Economics, please post.

Other things I have added to the blog include a section on "resources for graduate students", which is mostly aimed at MA and early PhD Economics students and mostly for now focused on resources to start empirical projects. Again, let me know if you want me to put anything else up.

There is a section on upcoming conference deadlines, intended to act as a "nudge" for people who might be considering submitting material to these events. If the blog is a "nudge" vehicle, I suppose the basic things it should achieve are (i) making people aware of seminars (ii) aggregating relevant material from other blogs related to the interests of people who read this blog (iii) making details of funding opportunities for researchers available and providing reminders (iv) providing a simple way to update and aggregate links from the web to useful resources (v) providing reminders of upcoming events (vi) providing reminders of upcoming deadlines (vii) generating external interest from people who may be interested in applying some of the ideas discussed on the blog.

Compared to email lists, the blog has the advantage that people choose to come on, so it is an unobtrusive nudge. Making it publicly available helps in the sense that the blog has been improved in various ways by emails from people outside the research group it is based in. The development of links to other blogs facilitates this. Whether internal or external, if you want to help improve this site please get in touch.

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