“Good Morning, Eager Young Minds.”

This is the first day of the new term. My classes this time around are:

  • “Introduction to the Old Testament”: yes, we are reading backwards again. We’ll also continue with viewing lectures as pre-recorded downloads outside of class. New this term is the Wikipedia assignment, in which students will make a series of course-related edits to relevant Wikipedia articles. Also new is a plan to prepare for in-class discussion with threaded, asynchronous, online discussion between sessions.
  • “Elementary Hebrew 1”: as in recent years, we’ll be starting with about ten hours of oral/aural exercises, using no texts of any kind. I’ve got a small surprise planned for today, if I can manage to walk to a store between classes.
  • “The Old Testament in the New Testament”: a new seminar, beginning in tee minus 150 minutes. The meat and potatoes of the course will be student presentations, with each student presenting a “method” article on some aspect of literary allusion as well as a “content” article on NT allusions to the OT. Something new: all presentations will be offered from a standing position and must have some A/V (multimedia) component. The idea is to raise the energy level up from “somnambulant rap session” to…I don’t know, something where blood continues to flow to brains.

And, yes, each of these meets today! The seminar meets once each week, the Intro course twice, and Hebrew thrice, so Tuesday is the big day of the week this term.

How about you (both profs and students): what’s on the menu for Fall 2010? What’s new, and what’s old?

[“Good Morning, Eager Young Minds.” was written by G. Brooke Lester for Anumma.com and was originally posted on 2010/09/07. Except as noted, it is © 2010 G. Brooke Lester and licensed for re-use only under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.]

2 Responses

  1. The idea of having your class do wikipedia edits is fantastic. Wikipedia is the single best accumulation of general knowledge in the world Often people poo poo it. I have long been of the opinion that scholars should actually start publishing on it, and you are doing… going through and cleaning it up. It us general population people do did 80% of the general input, experts can clean up the 20% of mistakes.

    If there is someway that I can participate in this project, I would be interested. Knowing what you are looking for and your methodology would be interesting to know in itself. I am a recently retired laymen that has studied christian history for the last ten or fifteen years. I began my first two years under the person guidance of a NT scholar, and then we moved apart. That first two years was the best of the ten. Could be that my learning curve was the most marginally satisfying, it could be a lot of reasons.

    But I am looking for some way to use the internet to meet others that are interested in the subject, and doing thing with them.

    If there is any way that you can think of perhaps involving some outsiders in your project, I would be interested. I am a retired IT worker and have some computer skills that may be of help.

    Cheers! webulite.com

  2. Brooke,
    I love the wikipedia addition! I think its a great way to deal with wikipedia, and also will make it more reliable as a resource for others, which is a double bonus. I also have to give kudos on setting some requirements aimed at “raising the bar” on student presentations in your seminar. I’m interested to hear how meeting with the hebrew students 3x/week affects their ability to absorb and retain. Keep us posted!

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