As indicated by the title, this module is a blog intended for use by professors in the field of finance. It appears to be a very active blog and contains many links including current news feeds in the area of business and finance,
Type of Material:
Educational resources that can be incorporated into classroom use in the form of homework assignments, research projects, and in-class lecture discussion.
Internet access, browser.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
To provide Finance/Business educators with links to information that can be incorporated into their classes and their research.
Target Student Population:
Finance/Business educators and students
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Use of browser, some basic interest in business including a background in finance.
This artifact is an amazing blog, with high quality links to finance topics. It has been maintained on a consistent basis since 2004 and is very well-written. Also included are video segments, reference work links, his own lecture, as well as other synopses of lectures/activities the author has attended - all interspersed with current topics in the area. The authors personality shows through in his blog. The author is courteous enough to indicate when he may not be posting for periods as short as week. He is a very prolific poster, but of relevant material and news that readers will want to follow.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The learning objective is to make finance fun, and this blog achieves this intent. The site does identify prerequisite knowledge and builds on concepts progressively through the effective use of links to other materials, including former posts. The site contains a considerable amount of information, from which faculty and students alike in finance and related courses could benefit greatly. Not just are the articles good, but the variety and style of the creators comments will make the reader want to keep exploring. Teachers and students can learn a lot in a short time.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This blog is amazing, well-written, and of great worth to business educators and students of all ages. The creators blogging style has evolved over time, becoming more sophisticated and providing more links and videos. In additon, the creator began to be more expressive in his comments, which makes readers feel like they know him.
A topical director with links A through Z to finance concepts is needed to enhance the quality of usibility.
Another concern involves being able to navigate Jim's Shared Items in the lower right corner. A variety of links to interesting materials exist, months of them. However, once within a later month, it is not easy to navigate back to the blog's home page other than by repeatedly clicking on the browsers back button.
Finally, the long list of blogs needs to be updated to eliminate the ones that are not there anymore.
Other Issues and Comments:
Readers will be surprised by this blog. It includes well-chosen videos, links to humorous blog entries and pictures. Even the style of writing may surprise readers, compelling them to keep reading. For example, an early July 10, 2004, article has a fun quiz to complete before entering the article. The quiz summarizes the main points of the article, and also lets readers know what this finance professor thinks. As a result, readers learn from the author in addition to the article. He is teaching to interested students beyond the classroom.
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