Life, Music, and Education

Alan Watts discusses how our society approaches life and education, and offers insights as to why that approach is something of a hoax. Absolutely worth the two minutes it will take you to listen to it. HT Larry Moran [Read more...]

Obi-Wan Uses the Force to Help Students

Spotted on Facebook [Read more...]

Was Jesus an Exercist?

HT Jona Lendering I could imagine both the spelling errors occurring in a single student essay which ends up saying: “Jesus went around exercising until he was killed by Pilates.”   [Read more...]

25th Annual Butler University Undergraduate Research Conference

  Butler University has enthusiastically celebrated the research, scholarship, and creative work produced by your undergraduate students and ours for 25 years!   Please join us in commemorating a quarter-century of undergraduate research by submitting your work (if you are a student) or inviting your students to submit their best work to the 25th Annual Butler [Read More...]

Inclusive Language and Students as Customers

I had my attention drawn to a rather strange article by a Butler student. The article begins by referring to a professor requiring the use of inclusive language – that is, not saying “he” when you mean “he or she” and not using “mankind” when you mean “humankind,” and so on. But the student then [Read More...]

Utilizing Thesauri to Attain a Façade of Erudition

As the end of a semester draws near, and having been reading student papers, let me offer a word of advice to any students who happen to be reading this. Thesauruses give words which overlap in meaning, and that is useful. But two words are not always interchangeable even if they are essentially synonymous. And [Read More...]

The Jesus SeM&Minar as Teaching Tool

I’ve mentioned here before the class activity  I use when teaching my course on the historical Jesus. I get students to bring M&Ms, and we re-enact the voting on sayings of Jesus undertaken by the Jesus Seminar. And we call ourselves the Jesus SeM&Minar. Keith Reich recently tried the activity in his class. Click through [Read More...]

Bad News From Prof. Gandalf

This Strange Brew comic featuring Gandalf as a professor saying “You Shall Not Pass” seems worth sharing as the end of the semester draws quickly near. [Read more...]

How and What we Learn and Teach

I am taking an online course at Butler, offered to faculty who are gearing up ourselves to offer online courses. Here are some videos that were shared as part of the course, which I think offer important food for thought for educators. This classic bit of comedy makes the point that if you are going [Read More...]

Call for Letters in Support of Christopher Rollston

Bob Cargill has posted a call on his blog for letters in support of Christopher Rollston, whose position at Emmanuel Christian Seminary has been placed in jeopardy by a small number of people who objected to an article he wrote. His post includes links to blog posts by those of us who have already spoken [Read More...]

Choose Your Own Adventure Textbooks in Moodle!

Those who’ve read my blog for a long time or followed some of the projects I’ve undertaken will know that I have a longstanding interest in using technology to create genuinely interactive teaching tools. You can see a prototype of a “Choose Your Own Adventure” textbook I created a number of years ago, by going to [Read More...]


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