Tag Archives: Instructional Design

Designing Courses for Significant Learning. Workshop at SBL

Today I’m conducting a half-day pre-conference workshop on Designing Courses for Significant Learning (Fink 2003) for the Society of Biblical Literature annual conference.  I’ve done this now for several years and have had the privilege of working with Biblical scholars … Continue reading

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What if social media could actually help students write better papers?

“For many students, social media tends to undermine academic research rather than support it–after all, what student in the throes of paper writing hasn’t grasped for momentary solace in Facebook, Instagram, or the latest Studio C comedy sketch video? But what if … Continue reading

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Twilight of the Lecture

Great reading and insights about the changing role of the lecture at Universities by Harvard physics professor, Eric Mazur, “Twilight of the Lecture“.  One of my favorite quotes, “He asserts that he is “far more interested in learning than teaching,” … Continue reading

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Book on Blended Learning in Biblical Studies

Back in 2009 I published a book entitled  “Distance Education Innovations and New Learning Environments: Combining Traditional Teaching Methods and Emerging Technologies.”  I explored strategies and best practices for designing Biblical Studies courses using blended learning methodologies.  Though I predicted … Continue reading

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How Project-Based Learning Helps Increase Learning in Engineering Education

I had the pleasure to work with Rollin Hotchkiss, a gifted scholar and teacher of Civil Engineering at Brigham Young University.  We did a qualitative research study on the value of project-based learning in engineering education to increase student interest, … Continue reading

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Researching Engineering Capstone Courses. Part 1

I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with the BYU Mechanical Engineering Capstone program.  We surveyed hundreds of alumni of the Capstone program to gauge what was most valuable to them.  We published our work through the American Society of Engineering … Continue reading

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Instructional Complexity and the Science to Constrain It

“School-researcher partnerships and large in vivo experiments help focus on useful, effective, instruction” http://www.sciencemag.org/content/342/6161/935.full.pdf?sid=e546fd9f-1fa6-40cc-9e17-f6ad8ead5c3c

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