The New Mindset List

The “Mindset List” for freshmen starting college or university this year (2012, and thus set to graduate as the class of 2016) has been posted (HT Inside Higher Ed). That’s the list of things which have always or never been the case for these students, and which those of us significantly older than them may find [Read More…]

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If I Had One Hour To Live…

As many of us prepare to teach again, professors are thinking already about how students will evaluate their courses. Here’s what one student wrote on an evaluation form, about what they’d do  if they had just one hour left to live: HT The Mills River Progressive [Read more…]

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Do Students Still Need to Steer Clear of the Internet?

Jona Lendering posted a reply on his blog to a recent post on mine, about teaching students to use online sources discerningly. His conclusion is stated bluntly at the end of the post: To sum up: at this moment there is no good reason why students should use the internet. Let’s face it: the internet [Read More…]

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Online Sources in the Classroom

In my current teaching, I focus increasing amounts of attention on the discerning use of online sources of information. People no longer rack their brains to recall facts learned in school. They will pull out a device and look up what they want to know. And so, while some factual information is crucial in order [Read More…]

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Time for the End of the Sectarian University?

Churches have long been instrumental in the establishment of universities. Some of the most prestigious secular universities of the present day in the United States – whether Harvard University, the University of Chicago, or Butler University [wink] – were founded by either churches or people motivated by religion, and had strong religious ties. But it [Read More…]

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The Price and Value of Academic Textbooks and Journals

Soon after seeing the piece in IO9 about Harvard University, the world’s wealthiest university, finding itself unable to keep up with the cost of academic journals, I saw this posted on Marc Cortez’s blog, addressing the price of textbook and the mixed messages sent by university bookstores regarding them: Originally from The Doghouse Diaries [Read more…]

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Sanctum Santorum

You gotta admire Rick Santorum’s honesty. I suspect that most politicians hope that the majority of voters will not have sufficient education to see through at least some of the things they claim. After all, anyone who studies economics will know that no president can guarantee a booming economy no matter what policies they propose [Read More…]

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Rick Santorum’s Educational Hypocrisy

Lots of people have mentioned Rick Santorum’s outrageous anti-education statement. He said, “It’s no wonder President Obama wants every kid to go college…the indoctrination that occurs in American universities is one of the keys to the left holding and maintaining power in America. And it is indoctrination.”  I particularly appreciated Steve Wiggins’ comments, which highlight [Read More…]

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Unity, Diversity, and Information Literacy in Biblical Studies

My op-ed piece, entitled “Unity, Diversity, and Information Literacy in Biblical Studies,” has now appeared on the site of The Bible and Interpretation. [Read more…]

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Bibliographies in Separate Documents

If you are a student, and you have not explicitly been told otherwise, please don’t put your bibliography in a separate document. There is no reason for doing this. Sometimes publishers will ask for bibliographies of books to be submitted as a separate document because it makes formatting easier for them. But for assignments and [Read More…]

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Essential Tech Skills for Today’s Students

Digital, technological and information literacy are increasingly major focuses of mine in my teaching. But I am also involved in a committee at my university that focuses on emerging technologies and their relation to our work as educators. One question that we found ourselves pondering at a recent meeting is this one: What are the [Read More…]

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