Thursday, February 26, 2015

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 learning. Bowen focuses primarily on email and podcasts as ways to communicate with students (both introducing content and conveying the content itself). In the next chapter, he focuses on increasing student engagement with technology, focusing on Twitter, Facebook, and the use of search engines for information literacy.

Before describing and evaluating a few particular strategies, I raise some worries that arose for me in reading the chapters.

Monday, February 23, 2015

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 Academia.edu (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 Indian Philosophy
Raffaele Torella: The Philosophical Traditions of India. An Appraisal

Buddhism
Miri Albahari: Analytical Buddhism: The Two-Tiered Illusion of Self
Amber Carpenter: Indian Buddhist Philosophy
Mark Siderits: Buddhism as Philosophy

Nyāya
Stephen Phillips: Epistemology in Classical India

Mīmāṃsā
John Taber: Kumārila on Perception

Vedānta
Eric Lotts: Vedantic Approaches to God

Online Resources
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Sunday, February 8, 2015

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.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Contributing to the Indian Philosophy Blog

I'm happy to announce that I've joined the team of bloggers at the Indian Philosophy Blog. Among other things, I anticipate blogging about my work on Mukulabhaṭṭa and philosophy of language, arthāpatti, and topics related to alaṅkāra-śāstra and Mīmāṃsā. I'll likely include some thoughts on pedagogy and methodology.