Teaching Naked by Jose A. Bowen (Jossey-Bass, 2012).

Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning by Jose A. Bowen

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The subtitle of this book actually explains the attention-grabbing title of this book. Bowen contends that the onslaught of technological resources that in the minds of many jeopardize traditional higher education can in fact enhance the basic thing professors and teachers do in the classroom–advance student learning. And the way this occurs is for those who teach to employ all these technologies outside the classroom, including those beloved PowerPoints!

These along with online lectures, podcasts, emails, Facebook posts, tweets and course management systems can be used to promote outside-the-classroom learning so that interactive and action-based learning in the classroom or lab can take the lecture (often described as the transfer of information from the notes of the teacher to the notes of the student without engaging the minds of either!).

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Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. – Matthew 5:7

Probably next to love, no other character quality so defines God as that of “mercy”.

  • And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The LORD.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.” — Exodus 33:19
  • “Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.” — Psalm 25:6
  • “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions” — Psalm 51:1
  • “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us . . .” — Ephesians 2:4

The believer who has experienced such mercy from God now is told in Christ’s kingdom he or she is to be “merciful.” An old Puritan definition of mercy is:

A melting disposition whereby we lay to heart the miseries of others and are ready on all occasions to be instrumental for their good. — Thomas Watson

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The Emerging Scholars Network is launching an exciting new writing/community building project, and we’d love for you to participate. If you’re interested, please fill out the survey below or drop us an email.  

Many Christian scholars struggle to link their faith and their academic callings: it’s hard to find time to reflect, and sometimes hard to find a community excited to integrate faith and academic vocation. InterVarsity’s new project will build a community of Christian scholars to craft devotional reflections on scholarly vocation and encourage each other toward rich spiritual lives.

ESN is seeking Christian scholars at all career points who are excited to do any of the following:

  1. Write for the devotional
  2. Join an occasional peer discussion group with other writers
  3. Introduce us to communities like university fellowships who can try out the devotional and give us feedback.

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