Mapping Out Our Assessment Ecologies as a Theological Practice

By: Ryan Runager and Dr. Sarah Bogue Often, for many classes, getting a particular grade or simply completing the assignment is more important than the learning of class material.  Asao B. Inoue, Professor of Rhetoric and Composition at Arizona State University, writes: Classroom writing assessment is more important than pedagogy because it always trumps what Read More …

Using Design Thinking in the Theological Classroom

What does a business concept have to do with teaching theology? Tom Kelly writes that a “Hands-on, user-centric approach to problem solving can lead to innovation, and innovation can lead to differentiation and competitive advantage.” As theological educators, our work is not inclined toward competitive advantage. Our work is to be present, embodied, and full Read More …

Canvas Peer Review Guide for Students

What exactly are peer reviews? Peer reviews are assignments where students receive another’s paper, make comments and annotate, and return to its original owner. They’re a tool used by faculty to improve student writing, feedback skills, and to clarify learning goals and assignment details. However, they’re not always so clear. Through several conversations with students, Read More …

An Instructor’s Guide to Canvas Peer Review

Traditionally, peer review involves bringing papers to class, swapping, and finding time in class to read and review them. Now, we have Canvas LMS! A peer review assignment enables students to provide feedback on another student’s assignment submission. Peer reviews are a tool that allows communication between students and can help students master the concepts Read More …

6 Benefits to Peer Review in Theological Education

Simply put, peer review assignments enable students to provide feedback to each other. They are another tool to put in your pedagogical tool belt. There is a lot of research on peer review in the classroom. We will cover some best practices later in this article. The following Benefits to Peer Review we present here Read More …

Twitter for Academics: An Invitation to Public Theology

I recently spoke with a colleague who was curious about academic twitter (#AcademicTwitter). She mentioned how it has become a repository of resources. Everything from book launches to news articles – it’s so valuable. Our conversation shifted, however, once we began talking about Twitter best practices and how to use it.  For many academics, Twitter Read More …

More Discussion, Less Bored: Alternatives to Discussion Boards

For many classes, Discussion Boards serve as the primary means of assessing a student’s participation and preparation for class. Did they do the reading? Are they paying attention in class? Many faculty who teach online use discussion boards as a way to continue the conversations of the class outside of the classroom. This article is Read More …

Interested in Becoming a Tech Producer?

Job Description The role of a tech producer is to be the facilitator of the online classroom on behalf of the faculty member. Under the supervision of the Instruction Content Developer in the Office of Digital Learning, Tech Producers will assist in a range of technical and pedagogical tasks including Zoom support for teaching faculty and Read More …

4 Creative Uses for Polling in the Classroom

If the pandemic has shown us anything about education, it is that learning can often become a passive experience. This is true for both face-to-face and online instruction. Students will get into a “TV watching” mode and not actively engage in discussion. Now, this is not intentional and it is not something to assign blame. Read More …