J. Scott Self, Ph.D.

Some of you use to read my old web-site, The Productive Nerd. I expalined just a bit why I took that site down here, – but that doesn’t mean that I...

The title of this post sounds strange, indeed. I suppose that one could imagine a hundred different heresies emanating from the idea of connecting grades to salvation. Let me see if...

I have recently been engaged in several different conversations that seem to emanate from the same core question: what does it mean to engage with students in the online setting, and...

I received an email from a student who was apologizing for failing to turn in an assignment. That’s unusual, in my experience. More often, students send emails describing why my “no...

As Cole and I prepare for Episode 9 of our podcast (still collecting them before deployment), I’m working on the problem of justification in epistemology, with an eye toward the role...

I’ve been thinking about what a learning outcome of “empathy” would look like as a student learning objective (SLO) in curriculum development. Part of the reason for this reflection stems from...

Since this is my first post in this location, I thought I’d take a few minutes to consider why I decided on a new website.  Even as I was setting this...