Social Media and the Religious Studies Classroom: Twitter as a Third Space

I have always said that the best time to experiment as a teacher is in graduate school. In many cases your course load is lighter than as an adjunct or tenure track faculty member and your student reviews won't go in your tenure file. Instead the bad ones can go in the recycling bin. There … Continue reading Social Media and the Religious Studies Classroom: Twitter as a Third Space

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#REL100 in the (student) News

Pardon the self-promotion: Introductory level courses here at Emory are not famous for their enthusiastic levels of participation, attendance or commitment. Often these classes are big, too drafty or, let’s be honest, just too early in the morning to meet the same standards of discussion and debate set by upper-level courses and seminars. Professors in … Continue reading #REL100 in the (student) News

REL100 Syllabus: Blogging, Tweeting, and Deconstructing Religion

I finally finished the syllabus for REL100. Good thing, too. The first day of class is tomorrow morning. It's all filled up--40 students. Here goes nothin'! REL 100: Introduction to Religion Christian and Hindu Traditions Michael J. Altman @MichaelJAltman Office Hours: Thursday 9am-noon, Callaway S220 (or by appt.) http://blogs.emory.edu/rel100 I. Course Description This course introduces … Continue reading REL100 Syllabus: Blogging, Tweeting, and Deconstructing Religion

Evangelical Theologies of the Body: What About John Wesley?

I wrote the following as a sample blog for my REL100 course this fall. The goal is to give students an example of how to write a simple blog post that takes an article, links to it, summarizes it, and then offers one good critique drawn from class (the examples of Shepp and Wesley come … Continue reading Evangelical Theologies of the Body: What About John Wesley?

Drafting a Syllabus: REL100 Intro. to Religion- Christian and Hindu Traditions

I've been preparing for my maiden voyage in the world of teaching this coming semester. I've been given the privileged of  teaching my own class: Religion 100 Introduction to Religion. At Emory we teach this course comparatively so every class picks two traditions to focus on. Being an Americanist who studies Hinduism in American culture, I of … Continue reading Drafting a Syllabus: REL100 Intro. to Religion- Christian and Hindu Traditions