BYU is making great strides with creativity, innovation, and design thinking. Learn more about design thinking from an educator’s perspective here: http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/using-design-thinking-higher-education
“200 votes. 90 seconds. One big idea. This was the setting for one of the main events for BYU’s Entrepreneurship Week, The Big Idea Pitch, that took place in October. With those 90 seconds, students had the opportunity to present their next business idea to a room full of their peers. Depending on the quality of the presentation and idea, the audience gave the idea a score via iClickers on a scale from one to ten, ten being the highest.” Read more at What’s the Big Idea? BYU’s Big Idea Pitch 2014. From the BYU Creativity, Innovation, and Design group.
My BYU design class is developing tools to improve scripture study, and your input is greatly appreciated! We have found that many people run into three main problems with their scripture study: (1) lack of organization, (2) lack of comprehension, and (3) lack of purpose. Questions are short answer, so please write as much or as little as you’d like. Your honest answers are very useful and appreciated!
And please share this survey with your friends.
Another article of mine was published by Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture. “I Will Betroth Thee Unto Me in Righteousness: Hosea 1-3; 11; 13-14.”
“Introduction: This article will be divided into two parts. The first part will deal with the prophet Hosea and establish the historical background for his message. The second part will discuss Hosea’s message of covenant fidelity to God and God’s everlasting mercy to His children. The prophet: Hosea was active as prophet in the Northern Kingdom of Israel between 752 B.C. until the destruction of Israel at the hands of the Assyrians in 721. We do not know as much as we would like about him because very few biographical details are offered in his record. However we can surmise with relative accuracy the years of his prophetic activity, which are based upon the dates of the kings mentioned in the superscription to the book (Hosea 1:1).”
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Back on July 4, 2014, my article “Reading the Scriptures Geographically: Some Tools and Insights” was published by Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture.
Why Geographical Visual Learning?
Humans are visual learners. The content area of scripture is primarily conceptual and abstract, and thus many readers struggle to master the core fundamentals of history, geography, and themes of the scriptural texts. Without such fundamentals, learners are adrift in an ocean of content without a meaningful map to order and make sense of it all. Visually immersive learning environments can significantly enhance learning gains. Such learning gains are possible when abstract concepts are visually concretized.
Scripture Tools: Introduction to Google Earth and Google Earth Bible (GEB)
In this article I will review several geographical tools that help to contextualize stories, which can aid in understanding the scriptures and drawing out meaning from them. Then using these tools I’ll demonstrate how the meaning of a variety of scriptural passages may be enhanced by reading the scriptures in geographical context. I will conclude by providing other suggested geographical and visual learning with scripture resources.
Learn more at: “Reading the Scriptures Geographically: Some Tools and Insights“