Archive for July, 2012

Dispensationalists and Israel

July 23, 2012

I’ve had some similar thoughts – and have expressed them, a bit fearfully, in class. Not really; no fear.

Online success

July 21, 2012

A study on online learning is promising.

Janitors with College Degrees

July 20, 2012

More insight on what the future might be like.

Data Mining in Higher Education

July 19, 2012

Technology continues to offer new opportunities. For those with the foresight and resources to take advantage, only. The game is a-changing in so many ways.

P.S. I should have posted this paragraph as an example:

Mr. Lange and his colleagues had found that by the eighth day of class, they could predict, with 70-percent accuracy, whether a student would score a C or better. Mr. Lange built a system, rolled out in 2009, that sent professors frequently updated alerts about how well each student was predicted to do, based on course performance and online behavior.

On the one hand, the measurements are pretty obvious (assignments not turned in, not logging in to the online course), but the professor often can’t (or doesn’t have time) to track all the students. Flagging ones with issues has real promise.

Gaiman on Copyright

July 19, 2012

An interesting perspective on copyright piracy from Neil Gaiman.

Church Music

July 17, 2012

Some thoughts on church music. Most of which seem spot on to me. And yes, there are complexities and no direct biblical statements and so on. And yet…spot on. IMHO.

Young, Restless and Roman

July 17, 2012

Christ Castaldo has some interesting thoughts on those moving to Catholicism, using some historical precedents. Worth a read if the topic is interesting to you!

Student Writing

July 17, 2012

Some horrible examples here. It’s a problem every honest educator recognizes, but the solutions are difficult to find. I tell my students to read, read, read. And practice, practice, practice. Beyond that, I have no good ideas.

The Decline of Episcopalianism

July 17, 2012

More on the recent disastrous numbers on attendance at Episcopal churches. This description of decline could be used of many other individual churches and institutions:

Many mainline Protestant congregations today are stuck with an infrastructure built in the 1950s and 1960s. There are buildings to maintain and salaries to pay. As congregations have dwindled and aged, it gets harder and harder to keep the place running. The congregation has less money for program, for outreach, for anything but survival, and the energy of the congregation turns inward. There is less going on that can attract new members, and each year more maintenance is deferred, more corners are cut, and the congregation gets a little smaller and a little greyer.

At a certain point, it’s hard to see how to turn it around.

What is Evangelicalism

July 15, 2012

Roger Olson has some helpful thoughts on how to think about evangelicalism; a distinction between ethos and movement is part of it.