Mar 02 2011

Welker’s Wikinomics turns FOUR!

Published by at 8:28 pm under AP Economics,IB Economics,Teaching

That’s right, February 2007 marked the beginning of this great experiment in “learning the wiki way”. If all you’ve ever known is this blog, then you probably don’t know why it’s called “Wikinomics”. Before the blog was born, this project consisted only of a Wiki where my AP Economics students shared their understanding of the subjects we studied. Not long after the wiki got started, I created this blog, where in the last four years I, along with several guest authors, have written countless posts covering every topic from introductory Economics course imaginable!

Now on our fourth anniversary, I thought I’d take a moment to look back at where Welker’s Wikinomics has come from and then give you a brief idea of where it will go in the future.

First, as an Econ teacher, I love stats, so I thought I’d share some here.

The wiki, which eventually gave birth to this blog, has actually had more visits over the last four years than the blog has, and continues to turn up near the top in Google search results for countless economics terms.

Where Welker’s Wikinomics has come from:

Here’s the latest data on the wiki:

  • Total visits since February, 2007: 545,468
  • Average number of visits per day over the last four years: 944
  • Number of subscribed users: 1092

And for the blog:

  • Total visits since February, 2007: 388,207
  • Most visitors on a single day ( March 1, 2011!): 1,013
  • Number of posts: 550
  • Number of reader comments: 6,275
  • Number of categories: 193
  • Number of registered users: 1,369
  • Number of people subscribed to the weekly email newsletter: 298

All told, the eyes of nearly 1 million economics students, teachers, and others interested in the subject have have scanned the content posted on this blog and on the accompanying wiki!

What the future holds for Welker’s Wikinomics

For those of you who visit this site regularly, you will have noticed that over the last year, I have written far less frequently than I did in the past. I do have a good excuse for this, however, as I have been consumed with writing my soon to be released IB Economics textbook for Pearson. But as that project winds down, I plan to once again turn my attention to the resources offered by Welker’s Wikinomics. Some of the projects I plan to embark on in the next year include:

  • A complete re-design of this blog
  • Updating the “brand image” of all of Welker’s Wikinomics resources (wiki, universe, etc…)
  • Re-designing and updating Welker’s Wikinomics Lecture Notes and Study Guides for use with the new IB Economic syllabus (to begin in August 2011)
  • Designing and releasing in the iTunes Store a digital, iPhone ready study guide for AP and IB Economic students

This last goal is one I have had in the back of my mind for quite some time. It has gotten the thumbs up from my tech-equipped students here in Zurich, and once I have the time, it is something I seriously want to pursue. Don’t worry Android users, I myself have switched to the Google platform, and any app I develop for the iPhone will be made available for the Android as well!

Thanks to all you loyal readers and contributors who have kept coming back to the blog, wiki and other resources offered by Welker’s Wikinomics over the last four years! I will always remember how excited I was the day so long ago I got my 1,000th visitor on this blog! (I am pretty sure it took about three months to reach 1,000 visitors). Now, four years and almost one million visitors later, I am still as passionate as ever about creating and sharing great content for the high school economics student and teacher.

As always, if you like what you read here, and think you have something to contribute, add your comments or contact me at welkerswikinomics@gmail.com if you wish to become a contributing author!

So, thanks to you all for everything!

-Jason

 


 


About the author:  Jason Welker teaches International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement Economics at Zurich International School in Switzerland. In addition to publishing various online resources for economics students and teachers, Jason developed the online version of the Economics course for the IB and is has authored two Economics textbooks: Pearson Baccalaureate’s Economics for the IB Diploma and REA’s AP Macroeconomics Crash Course. Jason is a native of the Pacific Northwest of the United States, and is a passionate adventurer, who considers himself a skier / mountain biker who teaches Economics in his free time. He and his wife keep a ski chalet in the mountains of Northern Idaho, which now that they live in the Swiss Alps gets far too little use. Read more posts by this author

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