Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Asset Pricing Mooc, Resurrected
The videos, readings, slides/whiteboards and notes are all now here on my webpage. If you just want the lecture videos, they are all on Youtube, Part 1 here and Part 2 here.
These materials are also hosted in a somewhat prettier manner on the University of Chicago's Canvas platform. You may or may not have access to that. It may become open to the public at some point.
I'm working on the quizzes, problems, and exams, and also on finding a new host so you can have problems graded and get a certificate. For now, however, I hope these materials are useful as self-study, and as assignments for in-person classes. I found that sending students to watch the videos and then having a more discussion oriented class worked well.
What happened? Coursera moved to a new platform. The new platform is not backward-compatible, did not support several features I used from the old platform, and some of the new platform features don't work as advertised either. Neither the excellent team at U of C, nor Coursera's staff, could move the class to the new platform. And Coursera would not keep the old platform open. So, months of work are consigned to the dustbin of software "upgrades," at least for now.
Obviously, if you are thinking of doing an online course, I do not recommend that you work with Coursera. And make sure to write strong language about keeping your course working in the contract.