I think the biggest thing I learnt in this class is that sometimes the best option is the one that seems the least logical. For example, Akerlof’s Gift Exchange Hypothesis suggests paying employees more than the minimum required is usually beneficial for an organization. The other important concept was how organizations make decisions, especially the concept of the whip, or the person who listens to everyone and makes sure they are all on the same page. Both these concepts are important to organizational success and make sense, even if they are not obvious necessities. I also enjoyed most of the models, although I would have liked the tests to include more math than pure concepts, but I’m more of a math person.
I think I would have enjoyed the blogging more and gotten more out of it if the prompts were less specific. I understand you focused on personal anecdotes to get us thinking how it applies to our lives more, but I do not enjoy writing about myself. If I could focus more on the concepts and examples outside my personal experience, I think my writing would have been more interesting and less cookie cutter. I also wish we could have more discussion in class, because those were very helpful. The excel homework worked well for me, but I felt as the class went on they became less in depth. Earlier homeworks took us step by step through the processes, so I knew I understood them, while later homeworks just asked for answers.
To be honest, I did not do any of the readings, and I don’t feel like it hurt me at all. For most of the excel homeworks, I read the entire document, but only once or twice did I rely on the videos. I tried to get the excel homework done as soon as possible, so I liked you released it early. Blog posts took me 20-30 minutes and besides comments I already made, I think they were usually applicable topics and a reasonable length and time to complete. I wish I could chose the blogs I needed to comment on, because I think I would enjoy commenting more that way. Your comments were consistently helpful and thought provoking, though, so thank you for those.
Overall, the main thing I would have liked to see more in your class was more of a focus on the math. You say people get bored when you talk about it, but for me, it seems like one of the most applicable things you teach. I think it would be more clear if you solved problems in class to show how the concepts were being used, rather than a purely conceptual explanation of the math. I also wish the tests had more math based problems with definite numbers. The first two problems on both tests seemed way too short for 50 point questions, perhaps each could have a concept portion and a numbers portion. Overall, I enjoyed the class, especially your examples from your own experiences. It is clear you enjoy teaching, and it makes the class much more enjoyable.