Musings On Markets

Looking back again, though, I am struck by both how little and how much technology has transformed my classes during the last three decades. The accepted place where there has been minimal change is in the classroom, where, as a vintage-fashioned lecturer, my requirements have continued to be constant: a podium (though I hardly ever stand behind one), an operating microphone and a ready/curious audience. I still plan classes, exactly the way I did for my initial course, running right through the lecture in my head and getting my narrative set up.

The slides I take advantage of may look somewhat more polished than the hands written slides I used 25 years ago and the projectors may be brighter & sleeker, but they stay props that I can live without. It really is true that I have to compete for the attention of my students against more powerful distractions (as tablets, smartphones, and computers stay propped open), but that is clearly a problem I relish (and sometimes lose). So, what has technology transformed?

First, it offers given me richer ways of explaining the nuts and bolts of quantity crunching to those who are interested. Last semester, I put some webcasts on valuation/corporate financing practice (from creating trailing 12-month financials, converting leases to debts, computing implied collateral risk payments). Second, it has allowed me to roam the global world without departing from the confines of my office.

Today, I used Skype Premium to provide a two-hour live chat on teaching to a group of newly minted doctoral students in Hyderbad, India, where they were in a position to see me (and my presentation) and interact. Third, they have allowed me to bundle the class experience and provide it to a much wider audience.

This semester, as within the last few, I will be online placing my valuation course, with nothing back held. Entry requirements: None. There must be no security password necessary to watch the webcasts or download material. Description: When you have a computer and a good broadband connection, you can use the link above to access all the resources that my regular class has usage of. The slides are submitted at the top of the web page (and are downloadable) and the sessions will be submitted sequentially as I teach them.

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1. If you don’t want large video data files (125-200 MB) inhabiting your computer, you can stream them from the NYU server. 3. If you prefer just a sound file, you can download the lecture in only audio format and then use the slides that you have downloaded to complement the lectures.

Entry requirements: Once on the webpage, click on Join your course, and enter the code DMR44Z. It shall enable you to audit the course. Description: Lore can be an online education company that I’ve used for further than 2 yrs now which marshals what’s on my website into more bite-sized and organized pieces. Much like the website, you shall be in a position to watch the lectures through Lore and download the slides.

One benefit that Lore has is that is has an online community where you can post questions (or answer them) and articles/news for discussion. Entry requirements: An Ipad or iPhone with the iTunes U application (free) installed, An Android tablet/mobile phone with the Tunesviewer application (free). First, download the iTunes U app to your device. Then, click on the hyperlink above from your device. Alternative, click on Catalog and then go through the ENROLL button in the bottom of the Catalog page and get into J7R-DK5-BM3 when prompted. Description: This is actually the latest addition to my online options and it gets the smoothest interface.

The lectures open up on your iPad and the lecture notes and tests can be looked at on the device as well. The best (and most severe) feature of the iTunes U version is it sends you a notification when something is added to the class; this can of course be irritating and you could turn it off.