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 […]
Sarah Kendzior, a St. Louis-based writer and journalist tweeted some truth this week. She connected appeals on GoFundMe to America’s social problems: GoFundMe is US’s truest news source. GoFundMe for funerals of suicide and homicide victims. GoFundMe for medicine. GoFundMe, all is broken. — Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) April 25, 2016 I’m currently working on a […]
An essay of mine went up today at the BTS Center’s Bearings blog. In it, I explore the narratives around financial success schemes, personal agency, and the great movie The Big Short. Check it out by clicking here, or on the image below.
Each Advent, as we prepare again for Christ’s birth and return, it is good to examine what exactly we’re celebrating. Christ’s vision of God’s economy was very different from the one that we’ve created today in which 80 people hold about the same amount of wealth as 3.6 billion people, or half of the world’s population.