Changes this Semester to my University Class (Entrepreneurial Value Creation in Society)
For the past few years, I have been teaching a university honors seminar entitled Entrepreneurial Value Creation in Society. I am teaching the course again this semester (for the 7th time). Every semester I make a few tweaks. Last semester, I created a new tribe (gradnium.com) and token (GRAD) (with the gracious and generous assistance of @aggroed). I then gave students extra credit for posting some of their written assignments on Hive via the tribe. And I set up a couple contests to give additional extra credit to the students who earned the most HIVE and GRAD tokens throughout the semester. Eight students (out of 26) took advantage of that opportunity.
This semester, I have set it up so that all students in the class will be submitting their weekly assignments this way. Each week, each student will be submitting three assignments as follows (due midnight central time Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, respectively):
- A single post with three (3) questions related to the week’s discussion topic (next week, the topic is “The Purpose of Law and Government”).
- A single post giving a thoughtful response to one of the questions posed by one of their fellow students.
- A single post giving thoughtful reflection on the week’s reading assignment (next week’s reading assignment is The Law by Frederic Bastiat)
However, students are still working on getting their Hive accounts set up, so they probably won’t actually start posting content until Week 03 (on “The Role of Government Regulation in Society”)
Feel free to check out their discussion responses and reflection papers every Wednesday and Thursday and feel free to upvote those giving the most thoughtful responses and reflections. I have not established any extra-credit contests yet, but I probably will (just to make things a bit more interesting) and that will probably be related to cumulative # of votes received (or some similar metric).
The course explores how societal well-being is influenced by the following four principles:
- Competition (a society and its individuals prosper when government policies encourage and promote full and open competition in the marketplace rather than hinder it)
- Balance of Power (a society and its individuals prosper when political and economic power and decision-making in society is decentralized rather than centralized)
- Free Exchange (a society and its individuals prosper when people are able to freely exchange goods & services; this follows from the fact that whenever two people conduct an exchange of goods or services BOTH are better off, as long as there is no fraud or coercion involved)
- Alignment of Incentives (government policies that degrade or fail to improve overall societal well-being typically fail because they create adverse or misaligned incentives, at the individual and/or corporate level)
Our weekly topics this semester will be:
- Sometimes Operating a Ministry ‘For Profit’ is a Better Way to Help Hurting People
- The Purpose of Law and Government
- The Role of Government Regulation in Society
- Understanding the 2008 Financial Crisis
- Central Planning and Totalitarianism
- The Case Against Intellectual Property Laws
- The Current Realities of Socialism around the World
- Reclaiming Federalism to Sustain a Divided Nation
- Addressing Extreme Poverty
- Will Smart Machines Take our Jobs?
- Universal Healthcare and Healthcare Reform
- Understanding the Differences between Political- and Market-Entrepreneurs
- Why We Should Value Expertise, but Fear Expert Power
You can check out all the posts for a given week’s topic via this link: https://www.gradnium.com/created/week-03 (and just change the week # to match the above enumerated topic).
Teaching an Entrepreneurial in school is a good thing, we also doing it here called entrepreneurship, which is 2 units course. We are also given test, assignments and exam just like other courses.
Are you taking classes online? Or are you going to university and taking classes? May your education be good and beautiful.
Heard you mention getting your students to use the hive blockchain. Nice to see it come into fruition. I will be following up with the discussion. Might share my two cents occasionally.
That would be very much appreciated.
You've got this covered and I'm glad that you are giving them this opportunity to explore the outside world through your teaching pattern.
Since 8 people were able to benefit from the last set that passed through your class, this time around, more people should be able to do so.
I look forward to seeing how they will air their view on their forthcoming assignments.
I just saw a post by one of your students and welcomed them to the hive platform. This is a great project you have started. I will be sure to check out the gradnium community to see what they have to share.
Enterprenurial is a really, really nice course. You should establish those extra-credit contexts, that should spice things up.
I would have killed for a class like this at Uni. @ryzeonline and I are entrepreneurs and I sent him this post. I know he’ll be happy to see a prof teaching entrepreneurial skills! This is awesome. I look forward to learning more. Topics 1, 13, & 15 especially interest me. Great job teaching something valuable! 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽❤️❤️❤️
Yes! I love teachers, especially ones that dig deeper into value-creation, power, profit, and other 'big' topics that matter. Huge props to this! 🙏
I think this is exemplary that you have brought your students here to the Hive Blockchain!
"Entrepreneurial Value Creation in Society" How I wish that I had taken a course like this when I was a university student! I am so IMPRESSED that you are doing this @trostparadox!
I look forward to following along and learning what I can along with your students! As an entrepreneur I am always looking for ways to learn and apply what I'm learning to what I am doing on and off the blockchain!
Thank you for taking this initiative! It gives me hope for the future of entrepreneurship and freedom world wide!
These are unprecedented times... and so I feel that THIS is exactly what the next generation (and us too!) need to equip ourselves for the uncertainties in the future.
Absolutely fantastic! Oh to have had forward-thinking teachers like you when I was younger. I am looking forward with anticipation to supporting this wonderful initiative @trostparadox and to widening my own ever-expanding circle of knowledge in the process. I trust your students will welcome the engagement from the community (as well as the upvotes!) 😊🙏If there is one thing that the Hive has brought me that I have been missing to a large extent since my own University days, it's the active intellectual discussions and engagement that occurs here on a daily basis.