Word Clouds to Assess Learning

I really like the suggestion that Shayna Sheinfeld shared in a recent article, for using word clouds in a pre-test and then post-test in classes. If you ask students what they think, or think they know, about a topic, on the first day of class or the start of a new unity, and create a word [Read More...]

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Liberal Arts and Learning How To Learn

I was blown away when Joshua Kim, in a piece he wrote for Inside Higher Ed, answered a question about what is exciting in the future of education, and he answered in terms of the liberal arts. And so I’ve been meaning to share this quote, and a link to the article it is from, for a [Read More...]

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I Hope Every Class Makes You Uncomfortable

I’ve been waiting for the start of classes to return to a post on another Patheos blog from some months ago. It was a response to a student who asked whether a particular class was going to challenge their faith and make them uncomfortable. My answer to that question would be much shorter than the one [Read More...]

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Clone Wars in the Classroom

I recently came across some Star Wars lego images about classroom education, and wanted to share them. Click through were more like the above came from. There was also an interesting article in the Chronicle that could be filed under “treating students like clones,” in which students complained about faculty who offer one-size-fits-all lectures to students. Here [Read More...]

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Making the Canon Game

When Mike Kok shared a classroom handout which included the criteria for inclusion in the New Testament canon back in August, I created a draft post, to remind myself to come back to the canon game that I talked about wanting to make. Ultimately, the issue of catholicity or general widespread use matters most; apostolicity doesn’t [Read More...]

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Learning Ignorance

The quote comes from a recent post about ignorance, education, and faith on Cindy Brandt’s blog.     [Read more...]

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Gamification: Sisyphus and Students

This comic from Existential Comics got me thinking about gamification in education. Sometimes tediously repetitive tasks are a necessary part of learning, and in such instances, gamification may offer real help. But sometimes as educators we fail to make the activities themselves more interesting, settling for busy work with no clear purpose. And so let’s [Read More...]

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Materializing the Bible

I had an online resource come to my attention recently, called Materializing the Bible. It is a collection of those places where an attempt is made to take some element of the Bible an recreate or reenact it in the present day. Another resource that was drawn to my attention is The Virtual World Project, which [Read More...]

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Imitation, Forgery, and Education #YCAS2015

The discussion of forgery led to a discussion on the way to lunch about the role of imitation in ancient pedagogy. That led me to ponder whether we might not benefit from doing more of that in modern teaching. Many students struggle to express themselves well. Perhaps we should return to this older method of [Read More...]

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How To Get The Least Possible Out Of University Religion Classes

Michael Kruger has made a video which describes his own experience of having taken classes with Bart Ehrman, who he depicts as attacking Christianity. He complains that youth groups do not prepare student intellectually for their experience at university. That is true – but what Kruger seems to want is not intellectual and academic preparation, but inoculation that [Read More...]

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#GenCon Religion

While there is a Sunday worship service at Gen Con (which I didn’t go to), and on Friday there was a panel about Christianity and gaming, Saturday seems to have been “religion day” at Gen Con this year. There were three sessions dedicated to the topic of religion in gaming and fiction, and I made it to [Read More...]

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