The future of education and Stanford Economics 101

I hold a BSc and an MSc degrees from University of Alberta. My fellow grads can account to checking out websites akin to ratemyprofessor.com, where bad karma has immediate repercussions and students get to rate their professors. The rating, unlike peer-reviewed article reputation system, is based on their teaching (not academic!) capabilities. The popularity of such sites boils down to one line: Not all good researchers are good educators!

Researching and education can exist as two non-connected worlds

That’s when digital self-education comes to the rescue. A place where users can rate, sift through and monetarily support the highest quality information channels. Taking any platform at hand- Lynda, Coursera, EdX- just to name a few, our self-educational possibilities are growing by day.

Currently, most of such platforms benefit majorly those pursuing digital careers- Programmers, Web Developers, Graphic Designers, Marketers. The bread crumbs from the richness of their feasts spill over to the other disciplines too- take the aforementioned Economics 101 course (link). As the interactivity of our web apps grows and technologies like Javascript and WebGL evolve, such spillovers will become truly interactive, on par with their better established digital counterparts. With increasing competition and popularization of Virtual Reality, the future will allow even greater milestones to be reached in the world of education.

Now on to the Stanford Course. Whether you are a business owner like myself or are just interested in Economics, why not learn from the best?

This Stanford Economics 101 course will introduce you to what stands behind the behavior of customers and firms (microeconomics). If you’d rather see the broader picture, the second half covers macroeconomics: national production, employment, inflation, interest rates.