We’ve recently sent out an email about the situation regarding the economics program at the University of Western Sydney. We believe many of you have already addressed your concern individually or collectively. Included in the Letters section are four letters sent to the administration at UWS (also a petition to support the UWS economics is included in the Call for Support section). We don’t know at the moment whether the UWS administration will change their mind or not. It is, however, unlikely that they will ignore international/public support for the UWS economic program. In the recent past, we lost the heterodox economics program at the University of Notre Dame. ”It” can happen again at your school and anywhere in the world. Therefore, we urge you to act and speak up now if you don’t want to lose another heterodox economics program.
We recently received an interesting request from Tim Thorton (at La Trobe University in Melbourne) regarding Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), specifically asking if any heterodox economists are working on building an open heterodox economics courses for the masses. I (Ted) typically teach an online principles of macro course during the summer, which has made me aware of the development of MOOCs in many other disciplines. The most well-known MOOC was created by Sebastian Thrun (Stanford) who created a course on artificial intelligence with 160,000 enrolled students. I know that some academic-related blogs have developed tutorials on various topics (for example, UMKC’s New Economic Perspectives blog has developed tutorials on MMT), and many tutorials were developed for and by Occupy Wall Street participants, but I am not aware of any attempts to develop a specific MOOC on heterodox economics. It’s an interesting idea. If anyone is aware of an attempt, or has some ideas on how to go forward, please send us the info and we’ll share it in the next newsletter.
Lastly, we’d like to remind you that the new edition of the Heterodox Economics Directory will be published in early January (hopefully before the ASSA meetings). We are also in the process of creating a new web site for the Directory. Go here for a sneak peek: http://heterodoxnews.com/hed. On this web site, you can find a cover page and the (yet-to-be-complete) table of contents for the print edition. The Directory is not only for providing heterodox economists with useful information, but also for showing others that heterodox economics is emerging and growing. If you want to add your graduate/undergraduate heterodox program, website, and the like to the new Directory, please let us know at your earliest convenience.