I'll be at the Beyond Worst Case Analysis workshop next week, and Allerton the week after. For each, I'll have to miss a class. I also have some other travels that may involve missing classes this semester as well -- I'll be missing more class than usual this semester, but they're for good reasons.
I'll have Justin and Giorgos cover a lecture for me (thanks, guys!), but next week I'm doing an experiment: I'm substituting videos for my class. I've pointed them to 2005 MSRI workshop Models of Real-World Random Networks, and having them watch some talks. One is my survey talk on power laws, so it's still "me" teaching, but then I have a few impressive "guest lecturers" from the workshop to cover the rest; all the talks focus on power laws in some way. I've even put together an "in-class" exercise for them to do on the subject -- out of class, of course.
I wonder if this is a good approach or not. I'll have to ask the students. It's not ideal, but either is cancelling class. Has anyone else started using videos as a solution to the missed lecture problem? Are there ways to make it a more useful experience?
By the way, looking back, that 2005 MSRI workshop had a bunch of interesting talks. Worth checking out sometime if you're interested in the area. I looked younger then.
Reminder : Giorgos has a poster at the New York Computer Science and Economics Day today. Go check it out!