Revealing World Religions has strengthened student learning in my liberal arts core course on the world religions.

First-year students often take a haphazard approach to textbook assignments, which results in their uneven grasp of course content. Revealing World Religions promotes good study habits and the mastery of key concepts: at regular intervals during each course unit, students are required to upload to the Interactive Grade Book the results of a courseware quiz on a unit section.

In their course evaluations, students express strong approval for Revealing World Religions. They report that the courseware format actually makes learning fun, and they value the opportunity to reinforce their learning with the mini-quizzes. Revealing World Religions has enabled me to successfully “flip” the classroom: outside the classroom, the courseware helps students build a solid foundation in the world religions; inside the classroom, students and I work on building their analytical skills through discussing primary source readings and analyzing visual media.

The Interactive Grade Book is almost like having a TA! That’s a real nice bonus for using Thinking Strings courseware.

Martha Reineke
University of Northern Iowa & Professor of Religion,
Recipient, 2012 American Academy of Religion Award for Teaching Excellence


 

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