Jim Luke

REV:  Oops.  Didn’t mean to post this here.  I meant to post it to the course site.  Oh well. This is what my course will be like this term.

Welcome to Comparative Economic Systems, ECON 260. I’m Jim Luke, your professor for this course and this is the 2012 incarnation of this course. I’m looking forward to our online “conversations” about economic systems.

This course is a bit different from most of the courses I teach. Normally, I teach Econ 201 and Econ 202, the Principles of Micro-economics and Macro-economics courses. In particular, I teach a lot of ECON 202 Macro. Those courses are chock-full of models and theories – and most of it mainstream neo-classical/neo-liberal market economics. There’s a lot of material to cover in each of those courses because, frankly, 4-yr universities require that we cover all those theories and models. The principles courses involve a lot of math, graphs, and analysis. As a result, sometimes in those courses we spend more time “studying the trees” and we don’t get to “study the forest”, the big picture.

In this course, we look at Comparative Economic Systems.  We look at the ways different societies address the fundamental economic questions of what to produce, who produces it, how to produce it, and ultimately who gets that production and why.

This course is also a “connected course”.  That means that while there’s substantial “content” and information that I as the professor am trying to convey to students, it’s primarily about a shared journey of discovery and reflection by the whole class.  Two key features of this course are that, with exception of graded information such as quizzes and grade reports, the whole course is being conducted in public here on the open Web.  The second feature follows from that open Web.  I’m trying to encourage students to develop their own unique voice and perspective.  To that end, students don’t participate in closed discussion groups behind some closed Learning Management System and create disposable written papers that will be read by one person and then disappear into the abyss.  Instead, students all have their own public blogs on the Web where they sharpen their own insights and voice.  They write and publish their insights on their own blog and then those writings are syndicated and linked here.

If you are a member of the general public, you’re welcome to browse and read all the material here. However, keep in mind that the course is intended for registered students of Lansing Community College.  For that reason comments are limited to those LCC students who are registered for the class.

Affordable Care Act Across Generations

I’m giving a joint presentation with Sue Sweeney of Madonna University’s Aging Studies Department about the The Affordable Care Act.  The Affordable Care Act, also known as “ObamaCare” is a very complex piece of legislation that is changing the health care landscape.  We are offering the presentation on some of the significant provisions of the Act on November 12, 2014 from 10 am to 11:30 am for theMichigan Intergenerational Network.  The Villa of Redford is hosting the event at Villa at Redford, Village of Redford, 25340 Six Mile Road, Redford Township, MI 48240.


Building a Community of Academics Using Multi-Sites & Multi-Networks – WordCamp A2 2014

I’m speaking this Saturday, Oct 4, 2104, at WordCamp Ann Arbor 2014.  Here’s the teaser from the schedule:

In developing an online voice, higher education faculty face many challenges and a distinct lack of institutional support. Yet there is an enormous opportunity to improve student learning, improve faculty productivity, and reduce costs for faculty through WordPress and related technologies.

Malartu Inc is a non-profit project launched in Michigan to help provide WordPress sites and technologies to higher ed faculty. After a couple of years of planning and experimentation, the project is launching its first sites in summer 2014 using a WP multi-site/multi-network installation. A BuddyPress/Commons-in-a-Box implementation is added to develop a social network space for collaboration within and between schools.

This session will explore the challenges, benefits, and risks of creating a multi-user / mulit-site community with social network features. The presentation is oriented towards: anyone in higher education and power users/developers interested in multi-site.

I’m talking about my recent experiences with my new project, Malartu Inc., a non-profit organization for creating social and web-based technology to help higher education professors be more effective and more productive – especially the legions of professors at teaching schools or that are adjunct.

Here are the slides:

Battle For The Net

If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do? Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here: https://battleforthenet.com/sept10thEveryone else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown: http://tumblr.fightforthefuture.org/post/96020972118/be-a-part-of-the-great-internet-slowdown Get creative! Don’t let us tell you what to do. See you on the net September 10th!

via Battle For The Net.

10 Things I Learned At WordCamp This Summer

I’m speaking at the Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup, Sept 21, 2014, and shockingly, I’ve got my slide deck ready well before time!

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Links for more info:.

  1. Brute Protect:  https://bruteprotect.com/
  2. WP Multi-Networks Plugin:  https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-multi-network/
  3. Future of WordPress Updates:  http://wordpress.tv/2014/06/30/andrew-nacin-advanced-topics-in-wordpress-development/
  4. P2 theme:  http://wordpress.org/themes/p2
  5. API-JSON:  http://wptavern.com/json-rest-api-slated-for-wordpress-4-1-release
  6. Desktop Server from ServerPress:  http://serverpress.com/products/desktopserver/
  7. WordPress Philosophy:  http://wordpress.org/about/philosophy/
  8. ChalkPress:
  9. Making Presentations in/with WordPress:  Other plugin and theme presentation options include:
    1. Jetpack Presentation Shortcode http://en.support.wordpress.com/presentations/
      1. You can see a demo of the Jetpack Presentation Shortcode, including underlying code, at http://bluelotusworks.com/organizing-the-wordpress-backoffice-eight-plugins-that-help/
    2. 3D Presentation http://wordpress.org/plugins/3d-presentation/
    3. HTML5 Slideshow Presentations http://wordpress.org/plugins/html5-slideshow-presentations/
    4. Post Presentations http://wordpress.org/plugins/post-presentations/

Bonus:  Year Without Pants