#Gamification at #CanvasCon

One of my favorite sessions at CanvasCon was about video games and learning. Many of the points made are ones that I also make regularly when I explain my passion for gamification. The talk was by Matt Brenner, whose Twitter handle @levelupteacher is just perfect. The talk began by asking those in the audience to [Read More…]

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Reevaluating Your Faith Management System

On Sunday, my congregation, Crooked Creek Baptist Church, celebrated its 180th anniversary. It is the third oldest church in Indianapolis, and older than Butler University (among other things, including a significant number of countries). The following day I attended CanvasCon, a day-long event about a Learning Management System called Canvas. Butler University currently uses Moodle, and [Read More…]

SBL Statement on Academic Freedom

The Society of Biblical Literature issued a statement on academic freedom. Here is an excerpt: The Society of Biblical Literature supports academic freedom for scholars in their research, publication, and the broader communication of that research in an international context. This includes the freedom to choose topics and methods and to arrive at controversial results. [Read More…]

Uncomfortable with Contradiction

The article from which the quote is taken is worth reading in its entirety. Here is another excerpt: Some people are confused about how certainty and uncertainty can both co-exist at the same time in science, while too many opportunists (creationists and climate change deniers for instance) are ready to pounce on shreds of uncertain knowledge [Read More…]

Scholars Love The Bible

Something I said a while back has been turned into a meme and begun to circulate on Twitter: .@ReligionProf: Quote of yours from 2015 that I liked and kept. Came across it and figured it needed a meme. pic.twitter.com/exTGNLZ7sc — ChristAlmighty.net (@xalmightyblog) May 20, 2017   [Read more…]

Welcoming Strangers, Finding Brothers and Sisters

There are several upcoming events in Indianapolis related to refugees and justice, a subject that has been very much on my mind, as I’ll be teaching a course that will run over the entirety of the next academic year, in parallel with the Butler Seminar on Religion and Global Affairs, the theme of which for [Read More…]

What’s on Your Gen Con Event Wish List?

The program for Gen Con was made available online on Sunday. That means that you can search for keywords such as “gamification,” “education,” or “McGrath and find the session that my Butler University colleagues and I are hosting.  I was somewhat dismayed to see that they have scheduled a session about using games to teach [Read More…]

Gamification in Higher Education (Including Canon: The Card Game) at Gen Con 2017

I am delighted to announce that I will be presenting at Gen Con’s Trade Day for the first time this year, together with two of my colleagues. We have a two hour session planned, the first half of which will be presentations and discussions about our experience with gamification at a variety of levels in [Read More…]

Butler University Course to Teach “Strategies of Resistance” against Trumpism

Even the Daily Mail is reporting on a course at Butler University that explores the election of Donald Trump and strategies for resistance. It is ironic that the article (and the conservative blog posts it is based on) views the offering of such a course as somehow against the spirit of inclusivity. If I may (in the [Read More…]

On the Plus Side

A Facebook friend drew this cartoon by Tom Gauld to my attention. This could be a discussion between a professor and their undergraduate student, or between two academic colleagues. There are different kinds of impenetrable language, but I suspect that the aim is often the same: to shield the actual claims (if there are any) [Read More…]