For example, to (automatically) mark the videos you've watched (like Khan Academy does).70 votes
This feature is coming. I’ll update this thread when it’s live. Thanks for the suggestion!
Please is the certificates accredited to used in our resumes, I think its a good Idea to be signed by the Instructore60 votes
Thanks for your feedback. We are considering some other options for our certificates.
Is there a transcript of the content on your videos?
Give a brief written explanation for each question after submitting a quiz as to why the right answer is the right answer.
This would greatly help me understand the material better.25 votes
Thanks for the feedback, Karim! This is a feature that we have planned.
Add gamification to this website! Really, it's like the icing on the cake. Give points for completing a video and/or answering practice questions correctly. I'm not sure how you would code this ... but think about it!
See Khan Academy for an example of this.23 votes
Great idea Zach. We’re all about incentives here right! This is on our list to do – let me know if you have any ideas on specifics you’d like to see.
Is there any PPT files made from your's videos (in fact, that are use in videos)? If not, maybe it's not a bad idea to make it. The PPT files shoud be editable, of course, for better use in any language.19 votes
I see that the certificate is not printable. Can any body who achieved a course and printed a certificate tell me how?17 votes
If you have earned a certificate, you should be able to print it as follows:
1) Login to mruniversity.com
2) You should see your profile page – if not, click “my profile” on the top navigation bar
3) On the right you should see certificates you’ve earned – under them you should see “print certificate”.
4) That will bring up a page formatted for printing. On many print screens you’ll see something like “print backgrounds” and “print header and footers” options. Click print background “on”. Leave headers and footers “off”.
Maybe some videos about the most influential contemporary economists and their ideas, would be an interesting addition. And the main schools of thoughts of our times and how are they, in practice, influence the governance and the markets. Best Regards, Alexandra Popa11 votes
This feature is live now. Go to the course page and look in the upper right hand corner – you’ll see an iTunes button. Everyday Economics has this now, other courses are coming soon.
I'm considering letting my students take your Great Economists course as extra credit, but I'm concerned that they'll get the certificates without actually doing anything. Are the exams locked until all the videos are viewed? Are the exam questions randomized so as to prevent students from sharing answers? Thanks.9 votes
At this time we haven’t locked down the exams in the way you describe. They are more meant to be a way for students to test themselves at this point rather than a rigorous from of accreditation or anything. We might get there someday.
Thanks for writing in and please continue sharing your feedback. We are trying to provide a valuable supplement for professors/teachers, so your feedback is greatly appreciated.
We’re working on a teacher resource section – anything you’d like to see there?
An accompanying reading list, including:
- Recommendations for an accompanying text
- Additional reading for improving and building on one's understanding
- Recommendations for 'next steps'8 votes
For someone who has little background in economics, is there a recommended course order? The website appears to list the courses in an arbitrary order. Udacity categorizes courses as Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Is there a similar ordering for MRU courses?8 votes
That’s a good question. In general we try to make all of our videos accessible to a beginner. The Everyday content is definitely the most introductory in nature – we’re working on more introductory level content.
However, that shouldn’t discourage you from checking out the other courses such as Development Economics or Great Economists. Those are both very accessible as well.
Thanks for your question.
Please add a course on public choice economics. There's an excellent list of MRU courses for learning to think like an economist. But strongly believe another function of these courses could/should be to make us better, more knowledgeable citizens regarding public policy issues. And that means we need a course in public choice economics — "politics without the romance" — i.e., what economic analysis can tell us about the political decision-making process. That way we'll be better able to determine whether free-market or government-driven solutions would likely work better for addressing particular issues. And we'll each have a better "BS detector" for understanding what politicians and partisans tell us about issues — much of which is clearly at odds with the basic economics taught in other MRU courses!
Please add a course on public choice economics. There's an excellent list of MRU courses for learning to think like an economist. But strongly believe another function of these courses could/should be to make us better, more knowledgeable citizens regarding public policy issues. And that means we need a course in public choice economics — "politics without the romance" — i.e., what economic analysis can tell us about the political decision-making process. That way we'll be better able to determine whether free-market or government-driven solutions would likely work better for addressing particular issues. And we'll each have a better "BS…7 votes
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Currently I can download all the videos of a course using iTunes or using the link below the video.
1. iTunes is a mess. Classes appear out of order or do not appear at all. Some courses are not there.
2. Downloading one audio/video file at a time is tiring. There should be an option to download all files from a course with just one click. You could even use BitTorrent.6 votes
David Ellerman has been a major thinker for over 40 years on democratic firms and development economics, as well and philosophical foundations (e.g. inalienable rights and property theory).
It would be awesome to be able to queue up a series of videos. I'm listening to/watching the Development Economics series, and many of the videos are only a few minutes long. I like to listen while I paint my house, and I keep having to stop and run back to the computer to play the next video. It would be nice to be able to select several to play in a row. I could watch/listen to a whole section in one go.6 votes
Thanks for the suggestion. There are two ways to do this:
1) YouTube playlists
If you use a YouTube playlist like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Meo0s54s1sw&list=PL-uRhZ_p-BM4SmRr1p6WZnfym2zP2O0LH&index=2
it will continuously play. We have playlists setup for some of the courses and are in process of setting up all of them.
We are posting videos to iTunes, which will allow you to do continuous play. We also have just the audio podcast, which combines a whole section’s videos into one podcast. We’re rolling on both the video and audio podcasts continually. You should see more up soon – let me know if you have a particular course you want first.
Hopefully this helps!
MRU Should create an app where you can download the videos to your phone, and be able to answer the practice problems. This should also be integrated into a tracking system tied to your profile.5 votes
App for ios and android devices5 votes
Not yet! However, we do have our video content on iTunes so you can use any iTunes app.
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