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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/12328/learn-the-austrian-business-cycle-theory/

Learn the Austrian Business Cycle Theory!

March 29, 2010 by

I am a very awkward promoter, which is why it’s such a good thing that this online class in Austrian business cycle theory sells itself. Just click the link.

We are tentatively scheduling the live lectures at 7pm EST, to accommodate as many time zones as possible. Of course, if you have a conflict it’s not a dealbreaker; the lectures will be recorded so you can view them at your convenience.

We’ve always bounced around the possibility of online classes, but the technology was never quite there to do it right. Well check out the screen shots at the bottom of the above link. Grayson Lilburne and I have been testing out the software, and the technology has arrived.

If you have always wanted to learn more about Austrian business cycle theory, but were too busy to come down to Auburn for a week in the summer, this class is for you.

The class begins Monday, April 12—two weeks from today! Sign up now.


Ashley Smith March 29, 2010 at 2:56 pm

I’ve been reading articles on Mises.org for a long time, but I’m fairly new to the concept of the Mises Academy. I know that the Academy is planning to offer dozens of courses starting very soon, but will that translate into a type of degree program in economics? I am pursuing a M.A. in Political Science currently, but I’d love the opportunity to seek an undergraduate or graduate degree from the Mises Academy in economics, even if it isn’t “accredited” by the bureaucratic structures of State education.

Aubrey Herbert March 29, 2010 at 5:14 pm

The market will end up valuing this more than the bs taught at the intellectual whore houses.

The Gimlet Eye March 31, 2010 at 1:28 am

I must concur and agree with you. Their whoredom knows no bounds. It is a difficult matter to be sure, but independent thinkers need to go their own way and resist following in the well-worn tracks of the common herd in education as in every other human endeavor. We need to govern our own lives, make our own plans, make our own decisions, educate ourselves in our own way, and exercise our own authority over out own lives IN EVERY POSSIBLE WAY. I discuss these and many other related topics at my own web log: http://the-gimlet-eye.livejournal.com/

All are welcome to comment.

P.S.Take a look at the excellent video called: The Great Global Warming Swindle to see just how so many “scholars” have sold their souls to the New World Order crooks:http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6690593849703875256&q=The_Great_Global_Warming_Swindle&ei=vBEaSL_aNIui-wHY04z0Bg

AJ Witoslawski March 29, 2010 at 7:58 pm

What kind of certification will Mises Academy provide? I mean, after taking x courses, can I expect some kind of license that shows I’m proficient in economics or whatever else I study?

Jeff P. Zacher March 29, 2010 at 10:27 pm

You’ll be able to show your proficiency in economics by your analysis…a license is just a piece of paper.

Eric M. Staib March 30, 2010 at 9:08 am

You can always just list it under “Other Education” on a resume. I list “Mises U 2009: Passed written exam in market process economics,” on my resume.

Ashley Smith March 30, 2010 at 11:34 am

I hadn’t thought about that Eric. Thanks for the suggestion. Most jobs don’t ask for transcripts anyway, and most schools like to see that you participate in academic-type activities outside of standard coursework. It’s win-win.

AJ Witoslawski March 30, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Try to get a job by writing “I’m proficient in economics, unlike others” on your resume. I want some kind of certification process.

(8?» March 30, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Certification in ABCT consists of proudly wearing your Rothbard “Enemy of the State” and Mises “Tu Ne Cede Malis!” T-shirts* in public with the confidence that comes with not only understanding the benefits of a voluntary society, but having the ability to explain it to others who dare to ask.

What, you don’t have one yet? Better head to the store!

(* Also acceptable, Hayek’s shirt. Bonus points awarded for those who carry a Rothbard flask in public.)

Rob September 7, 2010 at 3:32 pm

There’s a Rothbard flask?

Marc Sheffner March 29, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Sounds fascinating. I’d like to participate, but I’ll be teaching a full load of university classes starting April 9th till the end of July. And I do need my beauty sleep. Is my participation out of the question?

In addition, I would appreciate a little more info on how someone could participate online only:
1) How many hours (approx) per week and in toto should I expect to put into this?
2) Of #1, how many hours (approx) per week and in toto would be online (assuming I download all the reading materials and read them off-line)?
3) How exactly are the “Lecture, reading and extra-credit discussions” conducted? Can someone attending only digitally (i.e. by distance-learning), not physically, still take part in these, and if so, how?
4) How does a digital (distance-learning) participant do the essays, quizzes and final exam? Online? Downloaded, answered off-line, then uploaded to a website (like Google Docs)? Sent as an attachment to an email? Faxed? Pigeon post?

Thanks. I’m amazed that this is even possible. The “bounty of capitalism” indeed.

J. Grayson Lilburne March 30, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Hi Marc,
We would LOVE to have you, even if your participation might be somewhat limited due to your teaching load. We are flexible with regard to scheduling, because the lectures will be recorded, the weekly forum topics will be open 24 hours/day all week long, and you can take the weekly quiz anytime from Friday through Sunday.

Regarding hours, with your limited schedule, and given your scholarly background, if you could put in between 20-30 minutes per night, I think that should be enough.

Regarding discussions, they, like all the course components, are 100% distance learning. The discussions are held in web forums, in which people can post 24 hours/day, much like the Mises Blog comments!

Regarding materials submissions, it’s all online. Essays are uploaded as files. Quizzes and tests are done “in-browser” with the “Moodle” software.

Thank you for your interest in the Mises Academy, and let us know if you have any other questions!

J. Grayson Lilburne March 31, 2010 at 9:16 am

Also, Marc, since you’re busy, you could take the course “Pass/Not Pass” instead of taking it for a grade, if you like…

Tian March 29, 2010 at 8:46 pm

I would love to attend. But I am no longer a student and my day time job won’t be over until 5:00pm pacific time, which is 8:00pm east time. Is it possible to schedule it at least partially in the weekend, especially if the number of people who have time conflict during the weekdays are not trivial? Also, an online poll collecting information about the time zone of those who have interests in attending would be helpful…

J. Grayson Lilburne March 30, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Thank you Tian; we will definitely carefully consider those ideas!

Accelerated online degree Genius August 28, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Accelerated online learning is the way to go for busy professionals on the go. It works for the working college student, it works for the busy single parent and it works for the busy real estate pros as well. The outlook for online course studies is looking very bright.

Cardinal February 25, 2011 at 3:10 am

Taking distance learning courses are quickly and quietly becoming the newest trend in higher learning. Many companies and educational facilities are starting to use virtual learning as the preferred method of training.

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