28 August 2009

First Lecture for EEP 100

I am teaching environmental economics and policy 100 (intermediate microeconomics) at UC Berkeley.

Here's the syllabus [PDF].

I gave my first lecture today.

Here's the audio [27MB MP3].

I am working on getting the video posted.

I am NOT going to post more lectures here. I am posting this one because it gives a good overview of my "philosophy" on teaching, environment, resources and political economy.

When I get things organized, I will put a link to a public version of the class resource page for those of you who want to follow along :)

Bottom Line: Teaching is difficult because it requires that you present your messy, complicated, evolved knowledge in an orderly and incremental manner that can be learned.

10 comments:

  1. Re: the laptop rule

    For some people, taking lecture notes is very important. Doing that by hand would be like writing essays on an iPhone: possible, but if given a choice, I think most people would agree a laptop would be more efficient. Plus, I think concentrating on a lecture is much harder when handwriting than when keying.

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  2. Sounds like a very interesting course- another plus towards considering a Masters in Econ over the {lest i say} 'conventional' MBA. Tough rule on the laptop,but every professor has their quirks I guess.

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  3. Teaching well is much more difficult than it appears.

    Good luck.

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  4. @George -- I am old school. If it worked for generations, it can work for them... More important, I need to prevent the indolent from playing with facebook... :)

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  5. You're going to put the lectures on you YouTube channel, right?

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  6. Yeah, I'm old school too and survived notes by hand. But now my son, who's attending SDSU, reports that in one of his lecture halls each row of seats shares a long countertop (rather than pull-up notepads) and the individual seats are equipped with a microphone, webcam, and electrical outlet for laptops and the room has 4 large HD flatscreens for online sharing and presentations. Good thing you didn't get that kind of room for your class! :-)

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  7. @enviroecon -- eventually. Technical problems...

    @George -- yes, I've seen them. They may be more of a fad brought on by salesmen of technical gear than a learning tool...

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  8. Hi David, really enjoyed your first lecture on YouTube but when I went back today to watch the second one it seemed that all of the videos had been removed. Please tell me this isn't permanent?
    --Thanks for the first one anyways,
    Hugh, Ireland.

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  9. @Hugh -- we are moving videos around, Hopefully, they will be in a permanent position in the next week :)

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  10. Hi David, I wanted to thank you for uploading all of your lectures to YouTube. I found them today and i'll be watching the remainder of them. Great teaching method.

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