Finals Week

This week is finals week at Butler University and many other universities. The image above was shared on Facebook by Butler University Libraries. I remember one day as an undergraduate student when I had studied all I could, and would be taking a big exam the next day. I watched a James Bond movie, just [Read More...]

Cheat-Proof Final Exams?

Since it is the end of the semester, and exams are in the minds of many, it seems appropriate to return to a topic I put on hold. Rutgers University made the news when the New York Times published an article about software that was used in online courses to prevent cheating. Students are of [Read More...]

End-of-Semester Stress Relief

Marc Cortez recommends the above. I recommend this: [Read more...]

Undergrad History of Religion

I just discovered a Tumblr site called “UndergradHist.” Below are a few of my favorites related to religion, but please do click through and check out some of the others. They are all based on actual quotes from student assignments, and very funny. And to top it all off, here is a coping mechanism for [Read More...]

Students’ Prayer

Jeffrey Gibson has emphasized that the Lord's Prayer ought to be called the disciples' prayer. And I discussed recently in my Sunday school class the suggestion (inspired by his interpretation of the prayer) that the final/penultimate petition traditionally rendered as “lead us not into temptation” could in fact mean “Do not lead us into the [Read More...]

We Survived the End!

To all those involved in education, and who not only knew better than to be concerned about the Mayan calendar stuff, but were too busy taking exams or grading exams to care, what are you most looking forward to now that the end has arrived? [Read more...]

Best Exam Answer Ever?

As a professor, I love it when students show that they are reading questions very carefully, and do not simply give the answer they assume the professor wants to hear. Here’s a great example shared by Marc Cortez: [Read more...]

A New Kind Of Final

As I have been reflecting more and more on how technology is changing not only how we teach, but also what we need to teach students, and train students to be able to do, I have found myself considering phasing out exams of the traditional sort, in which I essentially test what they have been able to [Read More...]