I gave Lecture 1 of my Mises Academy course, “Libertarian Legal Theory: Property, Conflict, and Society,” Monday night. This is a 6 week course on Monday evenings, 9pm-1030pm EST (New York time) (Jan. 31-Mar. 11, 2011).
We have almost 100 students from 18 countries signed up already. About 60 attended Lecture 1 live; the others will download the video recording of the lecture and listen to it later. I am holding “Office Hours” on Wednesdays at 7pm London time–this time is better for students outside the US time zones (e.g. Europe, Asia, South Africa, Australia/New Zealand etc.). Many of them will listen to the recorded lecture from Monday night and then attend the Office Hours for Q&A; or they will post questions to a forum page that I’ll address in the Office Hours, and students who miss Office Hours can download and watch this too.
I describe this course in further detail in “Introduction to Libertarian Legal Theory,” and what the Mises Academy is like in “Teaching an Online Mises Academy Course” (see also Daniel Sanchez’s article “The Significance and Success of the Mises Academy“).
Lecture 1 was a lot of fun. I am squeezing in a lot of material, so instead of lecturing for an hour and taking Q&A for the last 30 minutes, I lectured for the whole 90 minutes; and we will have Q&A during Office Hours today at 1pm CST (7pm London time).
The students also evidently really enjoyed the lecture. Here are some of the comments from the chat session, near the end of the lecture (unedited except I have removed surnames):
[Mon 31 Jan 2011 10:12:25 PM EST] Patrick : This is excellent, best Mises class yet
[Mon 31 Jan 2011 10:46:52 PM EST] Karl : ok, thanks, nice class
[Mon 31 Jan 2011 10:47:01 PM EST] Jock : very good
[Mon 31 Jan 2011 10:47:40 PM EST] Robert : thanks for the lecture, it was great! see you guys next time
[Mon 31 Jan 2011 10:54:05 PM EST] Kevin : awesome – thanks!
[Mon 31 Jan 2011 10:54:17 PM EST] Amanda : Thanks for a wonderful class. Good night!
[Mon 31 Jan 2011 10:54:38 PM EST] Daniel: Thank you!
[Mon 31 Jan 2011 10:54:41 PM EST] Roger: Terrific class, thanks!
[Mon 31 Jan 2011 10:54:42 PM EST] Patrick : thank you
[Mon 31 Jan 2011 10:54:42 PM EST] Steven: Great lecture. Thanks
[Mon 31 Jan 2011 10:54:43 PM EST] George: Great class ‘night
[Mon 31 Jan 2011 10:54:44 PM EST] Mark: Very good class. Thanks!
[Mon 31 Jan 2011 10:54:45 PM EST] Cheryl: Thanks!
[Mon 31 Jan 2011 10:54:46 PM EST] Danny Sanchez : Thanks for attending everyone!
[Mon 31 Jan 2011 10:54:46 PM EST] safariman : Good class! Thanks
[Mon 31 Jan 2011 10:54:48 PM EST] Patti : thanks. bye
[Mon 31 Jan 2011 10:54:50 PM EST] Jonathan: Thanks!
[Mon 31 Jan 2011 10:54:51 PM EST] Colin: Thanks.
[Mon 31 Jan 2011 10:54:52 PM EST] Thomas : Thank You!
[Mon 31 Jan 2011 10:54:56 PM EST] Erika : Thank you!
[Mon 31 Jan 2011 10:54:56 PM EST] Danny Sanchez : thanks for the great lecture Stephan!
[Mon 31 Jan 2011 10:55:02 PM EST] Derrick : Thanks
[Mon 31 Jan 2011 10:55:14 PM EST] Robert: thx
[Mon 31 Jan 2011 10:55:29 PM EST] Noam: Thanks a lot!
[Mon 31 Jan 2011 10:55:29 PM EST] Robert: GREAT first lecture
[Mon 31 Jan 2011 10:55:33 PM EST] Matthew : Great lecture thanks
[Mon 31 Jan 2011 10:55:54 PM EST] Matt Gilliland : Thanks so much! Best Christmas present I’ve ever gotten, I think.
Now, that is very gratifying to a teacher. It’s immediate feedback. And it’s a good example of what I mentioned in “Teaching an Online Mises Academy Course”:
These heartfelt and spontaneous comments reminded me a bit of times past, when students would applaud at the end of a good lecture by a professor. In this sense, and contrary to what you might expect with the coarsening of manners and the increase of informality in typical Internet fora, for some reason the new, high-tech environment created by Mises Academy seems to foster a return to Old World manners and civility — which is very Misesian indeed! Perhaps it is because these students are all 100 percent voluntary, and they want to learn. They are much like students decades ago, who were grateful to get into college — before state subsidies of education and the entitlement mentality set in, turning universities into playgrounds for spoiled children who often skip the classes, paid for 10 percent by parents and 90 percent by the taxpayer.
In any case, it’s not too late to sign up–as I mentioned, Office Hours is at 1pm today CST and the first lecture from Monday night is already available for downloading (as is an audio, the slides, and the chat session).
P.s.: I am reprising my IP course in March: see Danny Sanchez’s post Online IP Course with Kinsella this Spring.