The Lowly Syllabus

Some students, it seems, do not really understand what the syllabus is and what it is for. This podcast has interesting suggestions on how to approach them better so as to communicate something genuinely important and meaningful, and to do so in an effective manner. Apologies if this post falls into the “too soon” category. [Read More…]

Approaching Fast

Created by Ruth Mostern. I may decide to put this image on my syllabuses from now on…   [Read more…]

It’s In The Syllabus

I think we have three options. One is to say “you should already know the answer to that question” and carry on. One is to say “Please come to my office hours.” And one other is to recognize that, if we were in their situation, we too might miss something that is in a dense syllabus, just [Read More…]

Were the Titles of the Gospel on #Sillyboi?

You may think I’m a “silly boy” for writing about this. But when Sarah Bond recently wrote a blog post about the ancient Greek use of a tag (sillybos) to indicate the author and title of a work on a scroll, I felt I needed to blog in a bit more detail about the possible implications of [Read More…]

Read the Syllabus

For students: The syllabus is to the course you are taking what the instruction book is to a video game, or the manual is to your driving test. Of course, in our day and age, many are used to situations in which you can just learn by doing and consult the instructions if and when you find [Read More…]

The Importance of Theology and Science Fiction

This round-up of posts began when W. David O. Taylor shared his syllabus for an independent study about theology and science fiction. My own thoughts are turning to this very intersection of subjects, as one of my sabbatical projects is a short volume on theology and sci-fi. Then, Russell McCutcheon blogged about the AAR draft statement [Read More…]

10 Amazing Reasons to Buzzfeedify Your Syllabus

Beloit has released its annual mindset list, about the things that this year’s incoming freshmen take for granted (HT Inside Higher Ed). #2 (that’s “hashtag two” for you old-timers) is particularly interesting for educators: “Since they binge-watch their favorite TV shows, they might like to binge-watch the video portions of their courses too.” I’m giving [Read More…]

I Don’t Always Ignore Your E-Mails

A “most interesting man in the world” meme for the start of the semester. [Read more…]

Oh, So That’s Why!

HT Peter Enns on Facebook   [Read more…]

Syllabus Disclaimer

Here’s the disclaimer that appears at the end of the syllabus for my course on the Bible (something similar appears on my other syllabi): DISCLAIMER: The surgeon general has determined that smoking this syllabus can be hazardous to your health. Side effects associated with use of this syllabus for prolonged periods include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, [Read More…]