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    High School students, Higher Education Students, Educators
    Type of learning:
    Video lectures, quizzes, final exam
    Course type:
    Free self-paced online courses
    English, Spanish
    Certificate of Completion
    Founded in 2012 by George Mason University economics professors Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, Marginal Revolution University is building the world’s largest online library of free economics education videos -- currently weighing in at more than 800 videos.

    Tyler and Alex are also authors of the widely used principles of economics textbooks, Modern Principles of Microeconomics and Modern Principles of Macroeconomics. The textbooks and the videos go great together but the videos work with any textbook or without a textbook at all!

    MRUniversity currently offers 16 free online courses on economics subjects ranging from Everyday Economics to International Finance, including some more specific courses such as Economic History of The Soviet Union or The American Housing Finance System. The courses are made up of a series of video lectures culminating with a final multiple-choice exam. You must earn an 80% or higher in order to pass and receive a certification on your profile. The exam is open note, un-timed, and can be retaken as many times as needed. Anyone can watch the videos without registering. Registering, however, will allow you to post questions, answers and comments and to upload new content.

    In addition to the main courses, users can also opt to receive daily 10 minute "mini-courses" by e-mail covering key economic concepts .

    The site also offers free economics teaching resources including lecture plans, syllabi, videos and test banks.

    Tools & Features
    • 16 courses
    • 800+ video lectures (downloadable)
    • Lecture discussion forums
    • Final Exam
    • Certificate of Completion
    • User Feedback Forum
    • Emailed mini-courses
    • Free economics teaching resources
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  1. Carolyn
    "High quality courses delivered by experts"
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    Pros - Good range of economics concepts
    Expert instructors
    Clear, engaging video lectures
    Practice questions
    Final exam
    Cons - Certificates are not ID-verified
    No progress tracking
    No video transcripts
    For those looking to deepen their knowledge in economics, MRUniversity provides a great source of quality video courses delivered by experts in their field. Although the site doesn't yet offer some of the features provided by the bigger MOOC platforms, it is well worth a visit.


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