“The University Channel is a collection of university lectures, panels, and conferences on the public and international affairs issues of the day” from academic institutions from around the world, which you can view, listen to or download. You could get an online education just watching this excellent web channel. Recently the Council on Foreign Relations held a forum on the world economy entitled World Economic Update featuring three of the most distinguished macroeconomists in the country. You can view the forum by following this link. There are lots of potential Discussion Board topics that are discussed. The University Channel has an Economy Topics section of their website.
Extra Credit: Who was the Chair of the Federal Reserve System before Dr. Bernanke? What odds does this person assign to the probability of a recession this year? If you are the first student to send me an e-mail (email@example.com) with the answers, you will be rewarded with two extra credit Discussion Board points. Only one blog extra credit question per student can be answered in any given week for Discussion Board extra credit.