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Review of “Computational Investing, Part I” taught by Tucker Balch (Spring 2013)

January 28, 2013 by


This is a summary of survey responses from 1,257 of the 25,589 students who enrolled in this course in Spring 2013.  This review may of interest to students considering to take the third offering of this course starting at coursera on August 16, 2013.

MOOC Student Demographics (Spring 2013)

January 27, 2013 by


I report on survey responses from  1,207 of the 25,589 students who enrolled in a Massive Online Open Class (MOOC) titled “Computational Investing, Part I” via  in Spring 2013. The responses represent 56% of the students who completed the course and 2.5% of those who initially enrolled but did not complete it.

Teaching a MOOC: Lessons Learned & Best Balch Practices

January 12, 2013 by


I just completed teaching a MOOC on Computational Investing via I did some things right and a lot of things wrong. Here are my lessons learned from the first round. I’m very excited now about the second go at this, and the ability to make the course even better. Some of these items are […]

MOOC Monetization Begins: Student Identity Verification

January 12, 2013 by


First step in providing value for course completion: Ensure that the student is who he says he is.

Students Are Customers

January 8, 2013 by


Viewing students as customers makes sense for universities that compete for their tuition.

Are MOOC Startups Evil?

January 6, 2013 by


Some folks attribute less than altruistic motives to startup companies providing Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs). There is nothing bad in help, no doubts, like consulting and advising efficient tools (check this post), but sometimes it’s just too good to be true.

About MOOC Completion Rates: The Importance of Student Investment

January 6, 2013 by


I just finished teaching a Massive Online Open Class (MOOC) titled “Computational Investing, Part I” via 53,000 people “enrolled,” which is to say they clicked a “sign up” button. How many finished?

Guns and Homicide: Worldwide Statistics

December 16, 2012 by


Just the numbers. keywords: Guns, Violence, Correlation

Opinion: Let’s Raise the Minimum Wage

September 3, 2012 by


Here’s a way to do it that should satisfy liberals and conservatives.

Opinion: “The Policies that Got Us Into This Mess”

September 2, 2012 by


In the context of the upcoming election, I keep hearing about “the policies that got us in this mess.” Let’s be clear about what those policies are, and what “this mess” is.