First Day of School

Classes start at Butler tomorrow. If you are an educator, have classes started for you? Was this/will this be you? [Read more...]

I Don’t Always Ignore Your E-Mails

A “most interesting man in the world” meme for the start of the semester. [Read more...]

Butler University Convocation 2014

Here’s the video footage from yesterday’s convocation ceremony at Butler University, marking the official start of the academic year. Classes begin on Wednesday. I presume that you can spot me easily in the video… [Read more...]

(Learning) From a Distance

This is the follow-up to my song parody about online learning, “Message Sent on Moodle,” although I actually had the idea for doing a parody of “From a Distance” on this topic first. Hope you enjoy it. Here are the lyrics: From A Distance From a distance An online course can seem Like something that [Read More...]

Amelia Bedelia and the Sinister Buttocks

Wikipedia has been making headlines again. If you haven’t seen it yet, read the article about how someone as a student edited the Wikipedia entry about Amelia Bedelia as a prank, only to encounter it tweeted as fact years later. The second part of the title of this post comes from an article about the tendency [Read More...]

Message Sent On Moodle

My latest parody song, this time on one of the potential pitfalls of online learning. [Read more...]

Define Dialect

I came across the book F this Test: Even More of the Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers in Butler University’s bookstore yesterday. It includes this gem:   [Read more...]

Religion and Recession

A recent piece in the New York Times highlighted statistics that suggest majors in religion and philosophy will make significantly less their first year after graduation if it is during a recession. Here is the chart from the article: While in a sense this is not surprising, it is also worth highlighting that university graduates [Read More...]

Profs on Screens

Matthew Morgenstern shared the above cartoon on Facebook, while Tim Bulkeley wrote a blog post about increasing the number of videos of scholars speaking. I’d like to see even more use of animation and other elements that would make the videos of us speaking more interesting. But I’m not sure that putting ourselves on screens [Read More...]

Book of Job Trigger Warning

Rob Zaretsky’s piece in Inside Higher Ed proposes trigger warnings for a number of pieces of classic literature. Given my field, I particularly appreciated his treatment of the Book of Job: Anonymous’ “The Book of Job” “Are you sure this is part of the Bible?” asked many respondents, who also exhibited intense unease with God’s actions, [Read More...]

Discover Butler

Butler University has created several new marketing videos. I love that they integrate the skills, courses, and programs of the Liberal Arts, and in the first of the two videos below (click through for more), one of the students who went on my first trip to Israel and the West Bank in 2012 mentions that [Read More...]


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