Feb 15, 2016

NGPF Podcast: Emily Iverson, Developer of Online Personal Finance Course at Mukwonago High School (WI)

Thanks to Emily Iverson of Mukwonago High School (Wisconsin) for joining me recently on the NGPF podcast show. I came across Emily in a recent Lake Country Now article that highlighted the amazing growth of personal finance enrollment at her high school:


I was also intrigued that Emily had created an online course in 2011 that could serve summer school students not able to schedule the course into their regular school year. I thought our educator audience would want to learn more about how to incorporate online resources into their classroom.

Listen to this podcast to hear Emily answer such questions:

  • What is the most important personal finance concept you incorporate into your curriculum?
  • How do you think about structuring an online unit? What are the key components?
  • What is the role of teacher in an on-line environment?
  • How do you make the most of on-line student discussions?
  • What are the most important lessons learned through your experience over the last five years?


  • 0:00~1:23 – Introduction
  • 1:23~4:23 – Passion for personal finance
  • 4:23~5:42 – School background
  • 5:42~8:43 – Building an online course
  • 8:43~12:39 – Starting Up an Online Course
  • 12:39~15:13 – Peer-collaboration on Moodle
  • 15:13~17:59 – Finding resources
  • 17:59~21:12 –  Emily’s first online class
  • 21:12~24:19 – Emily’s personal finance units
  • 24:19~25:19 – Assessment
  • 25:19~28:21 –  Important topics to cover?
  • 28:21~30:08 – Student interest in personal finance topics
  • 30:08~36:44 – What teachers should be aware of when starting an online course
  • 36:44~39:44 – Why teachers should be interested in online learning
  • 39:44~40:40 – Conclusion


About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.

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