Several of my friends, in the last 48 hours, have shared with me their concerns about having to turn traditional residential courses into online courses in a matter of days. Since they know I do all of my teaching online, I mainly get questions that are really best answered at the course design/development stage; changing… Continue reading Quick and Dirty Online Migration Tips
If I live this life, free from condemnation, what would it mean for others to experience “no condemnation” from me?
The apostle Paul, in Romans 7, describes a condition of spiritual angst that is very familiar to most religious people. “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” Later, in the same chapter, Paul summarizes his battle with sin;… Continue reading It’s All Fun and Games Until…
I recently mentioned to a colleague how my syllabi include a "no late-work" policy for course assignments. He asked me, "In a sentence, why did you harden up your late policy?" He knows better than to ask me to answer anything in a sentence. I have come to believe that having a "no late-work" policy… Continue reading Better Never than Late
As a white male, it sometimes feels like the conversation about race and racism has been rejuvenated in an era of social media, #blacklivesmatter, Donald Trump, neo-white nationalist pride, news about politicians dressing in black-face when they were in school, etc. Many of my friends and neighbors, however, are likely to find that belief infuriating;… Continue reading Confession of a Racist: Mens Rea, Blameworthiness, and Racism
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 stopped thinking about productivity in higher education. One my primary frustrations in higher ed is the lack of control we have in the selection… Continue reading Productive Nerd – TextExpander and Grading
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 can expand on just one of those possible heresies... Several of my colleagues and I have been working on a proposal for a… Continue reading Grades, Shame, and Salvation