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Book Blogging: Chapters 5 and 6 of Teaching Naked

Bowen begins Chapter 5 of Teaching Naked summarizing what has come before (which I am skipping for now, but may return to as time allows):
We have established that knowledge is abundant on the Web (Chapter One), that students are comfortable and even crave constant e-communication (Chapter Two), and that customization and control can improve learning (Chapter Three). We also know that research on significant learning demonstrates that good course design needs to integrate content with student contexts, motivation for change, and the confrontation of discrepancies (Chapter Four). So how can we get students to learn content as a basis for discovery rather than being satisfied with receipt of knowledge?
Bowen, José Antonio (2012-06-28). Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning (p. 103). Wiley. Kindle Edition.  The goal of Chapters 5 and 6 is to survey some technologies (situated outside of the classroom) that help motivate student…

Getting Started in Indian Philosophy

Recently, I posted a request to the Indian Philosophy Blog for points of entry into Indian philosophy. The results are in the comment thread (and more may still be to come), but I thought I'd summarize them here and keep a link to this post for philosophers who are interested in expanding their horizons.

General Introductions
Sri Aurobindo: The Life Divine
Madeleine Biardeau: Théorie de la connaissance et philosophie de la parole dans le brahmanisme classique
Arindam Chakrabarti, B.K. Matilal (eds.): Knowing from Words
Jonardon Ganeri: Philosophy in Classical India
Marzenna Jakubczak: Selected articles on her website (English, Polish)
Richard King: Indian Philosophy: An Introduction to Hindu and Buddhist Thought
Viktoria Lysenko: Selected articles on (Russian, French, English)
B.K. Matilal: Perception: An Essay on Classical Indian Theories of Knowledge
Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad: Knowledge and Liberation in Classical Indian Thought 
Ninian Smart: Doctrine and Argument in…

Book Blogging: Teaching Naked

This semester, I'm part of a reading group at UT Austin focusing on pedagogy, starting with José Antonio Bowen's Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning. My plan is to use this blog for short synopses of the text with critical reflections of my own.

I'll get things started with the book description and some general comments on pedagogy.