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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Zombies: Educational Resources

Thanks for my friend and colleague Brad Matthies for drawing attention to some online sources that address zombies, but which I think could be used to good humorous effect in a class explaining research skills and the need to find reliable sources of information. First, there’s an online comic which uses the scenario of a [Read More...]

Liberal Arts Education: Bench Press for the Brain

Many students show up in required core curriculum courses uncertain why they are being made to take it, and as a result resentful. One of the ways I try to explain the necessity of Liberal Arts elements of education even for those pursuing professional degrees is as follows. If you bench press/lift weights, the reason [Read More...]

Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me This Until Now?

I was rather surprised to read an article today claiming that most people are unaware that they can search for keywords in documents and websites, as simply as pressing CTRL+F, entering the search term and clicking or pressing enter. I suspect that there are plenty of other things that some of us take for granted, [Read More...]

Back to School

For many of us, return to teaching or studying has just happened, is in the process of happening, or is about to happen. And so I thought I would create an open thread on that topic. Are you teaching/studying? What are you looking forward to, or apprehensive about, in the coming semester or academic year? [Read More...]


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