Students to e-textbooks: no thanks

What’s most revealing about this study is that, like earlier research, it suggests that students’ preference for printed textbooks is reflects the real pedagogical advantages they experience in using the format: fewer distractions, deeper engagement, better comprehension and retention, and greater flexibility to accommodating idiosyncratic study habits.

Students to e-textbooks: no thanks

How to Elect a Pope: A Guide for the Perplexed

Every time a mainstream reporter or pundit opens his or her yap about the church, the pope, conclave, the next pope, or pretty much anything having to do with religion, brain cells die.

Save the brain cells and turn to ElectingthePope.net, thoughtfully compiled for your convenience by Catholic netizens.

How to Elect a Pope: A Guide for the Perplexed

What Popes Are For

The end of this pontificate, like the beginning, is a sign of contradiction to those who see every human action in the cynical categories of power and willfulness.

(h/t Cardinal Dolan)

What Popes Are For

A quick course in Conclave 101 – John Allen

Ideally, this exercise in “Conclave 101”will help make sense of what we’ll be seeing and hearing between now and that magic moment when white smoke rises from a small chimney above the Sistine Chapel, proclaiming to the world that a new pope has been elected.

The man to follow, until the smoke is rising.

A quick course in ‘Conclave 101’ – John Allen

Benedict on Vatican II: “I remember I was a young professor oftheology…”

One sometimes forgets the power of simple phrases such as “I remember…” for opening and sharing an experience.

Benedict on Vatican II: “I remember I was a young professor of theology…”

Nineteen Sixty-four: Spot the difference…

Deconstructing the economic incompetence of The Economist when it comes to understanding the Catholic Church. TL;DR is “The Church is not Wal-Mart.”

Nineteen Sixty-four: Spot the difference…

The church’s deep pockets, the butler did it, and myths about atheism – John Allen

John Allen’s column at NCR is a fairly significant proof for the theology of the saving remnant. Essential Friday reading, every week.

The church’s deep pockets, the butler did it, and myths about atheism – John Allen

The New York Times’ embarrassing error

I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but I have a new Exhibit A for when I tell my students that mainstream media know nothing of religion or theology. Click the link.

The New York Times’ embarrassing error

Checking Your Facebook Privacy (Again) – ProfHacker

Time to check the settings; one of those recurrent FB tasks that everyone should do on a regular schedule.

Checking Your Facebook Privacy (Again) – ProfHacker

The New Atlantis » Christianity and the Future of the Book

Christians are, as the Koran says, “People of the Book”; in which case we might want to ask what will become of Christianity if “the book” is radically transformed or abandoned altogether.

The New Atlantis » Christianity and the Future of the Book