Before this year, I figured I’d be living in a functioning democracy for the rest of my life. Yet at Christmas 2017, I’m not so sure. What of Christmas now?
The tagline for Charity Navigator, the charities rating firm reads, “Your Guide to Intelligent Giving.” At the start of Lent, Pope Francis encouraged another way. In an interview before Ash Wednesday, the pontiff explained that believers should prioritize giving to the needy, and not second guess how that money might be spent. When considering a […]
My blogging life is largely on hold until after my PhD comprehensive exams finish up at the end of February. Overall, I’m enjoying the process of studying for my three exams areas: Digital Religion & Rhetoric, Christian Rhetorics, Online & Hybrid Pedagogy. But, all the same, I’ll be very happy when the process is wrapped up. […]
Synchronous. Asynchronous. These two words have become commonplace in discussions of online learning. Synchronous learning requires students to gather online at the same time. It often involves some sort of video chat, but can be varied to include Twitter chats, conference calls, chat rooms, and more. Asynchronous learning doesn’t require students to be present together […]
This summer, I’m teaching Luther’s cornerstone stewardship course, Money & Mission of the Church, online to 20 students [syllabus here]. I’ve taught a version of the course in a traditional residential format before, but this is my first attempt online. We’re five weeks in now, so I’m writing some reflections about my experience teaching online […]