Coursera – Financial Markets with Robert Shiller

If you’re interested in what Coursera has to offer, Financial Markets with Robert Shiller would be a good place to start.

Id recommend watching Coursera videos at 1.5x speed in order to save time. There are mini-quizzes that pop up during some videos to check that you’ve been retaining what the lecturer is saying.

The lecturer and guest lecturer for this course function as another data point on winner take all markets and how MOOCs will gain market share by packaging the contributions of several superstars in their respective fields.

I’m coming round to the view that online education will never replace the signalling function of bum-in-seat tertiary education – which is unfortunate for fans of technological disruption – but takes into account the sociological issues that stem from the tertiary education arms race, namely credentialism where more and more degrees are required to gain entry into labour market niches where an excess return can be earned.