Lifelong Learning in Religious Studies

My colleague Brent Hege shared on Facebook the sense of trepidation one has as a professor who is not an expert in Shintoism, and finds that one has a student who is Shinto in a course that will include a brief overview of that tradition. I chimed in in a comment and wrote the following: [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...]

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...]

First Day of Classes

Today was the first day that the two traditional-format classes that I am teaching this semester met. Last night I had a dream that I was in front of a class on the first day. It was my class on the Bible, which I am not teaching this semester. It had almost slipped my mind [Read More...]

Brace Yourselves

Today is the first day of classes at Butler University, and so a meme image seemed an appropriate way to mark the occasion. [Read more...]

Teaching Religion Online

The “Spotlight on Teaching” section of the latest issue of Religious Studies News is focused on online education. It includes interesting articles such as: Sandie Gravett, “Rethinking Online Education” Erica Andrus, “Introducing Religion to Cyberstudents” John Strong, “Hybrid or Blended Teaching Formats” John Baumann, “The Challenge of Online Education” Annie Blazer and Brandi Denison, “The Internet [Read More...]

Escape

Today is the last day of classes at Butler University for this academic year. And so this song by Journey seemed appropriate. The title track off the famous album Escape which featured some of the band’s biggest hits like “Don’t Stop Believing” and “Who’s Crying Now?”, it is one of my favorite Journey songs, and [Read More...]

Should Students Blog?

There have been several blog posts – and many more discussions not posted publicly on blogs – on the question of whether students should blog. The issue arises in particular for those studying subjects like Biblical studies. Will your thoughts that you post get you into some sort of trouble, for instance with your denomination’s [Read More...]

Classes Start

Today is the first day of classes in the new semester at Butler University. I’m teaching my course on the Bible, an upper-level course on the Gospel of John, and the second semester of my freshman core curriculum course on Faith, Doubt, and Reason. If you teach or are a student, what classes are on [Read More...]

An Alarming Incident

My first class of the semester, a core curriculum “Texts and Ideas” course on the Bible, was set to begin in about five minutes. Then the fire alarm went off. We got the all clear some fifteen minutes later. Class went OK even so, but was slightly rushed. I am guessing that it was a [Read More...]


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