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Meeting Program Units

2017 Annual Meeting

Boston, MA

Meeting Begins: 11/18/2017
Meeting Ends: 11/21/2017

Note that the deadline for paper proposals is 11:59 PM (23:59) Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5) on the day PREVIOUS to the deadline below.


Call For Papers Opens: 12/19/2016
Call For Papers Closes: 3/8/2017
Requirements for Participation

Academic Teaching and Biblical Studies


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: ATBS offers 4 sessions(2-4 accept proposals). Session 2: “Teaching texts that trigger responses.” We welcome presentation proposals demonstrating methods and learning activities for opening effective classroom dialogue and learning around the study of texts that refer to mental and social well-being (despair, anxiety, suicide, depression, domestic violence, etc.)--texts that trigger responses. Pedagogical examples applicable across the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, and texts that inform these, are all welcome. 20-min. interactive presentations, followed by 5 min. of group conversation and feedback. Session 3: “Games, interactive fiction, and simulation in the classroom.” Just-in-time learning, self-directed exploration, complex problem solving, finding and evaluating information: that kid in the next room playing Dungeons & Dragons, Minecraft, or Oculus Rift Dirt Valley is embodying them all. How about adult learners? Can games and simulations help our students gain understanding in our courses? This session welcomes papers on games and simulations in learning. Presentations involving hands-on component are especially welcome. "Games" includes board/tabletop games, interactive fiction, other digital/video games, and VR-type simulations. (We are NOT asking for "gamification" of course designs, for example "levelling up" from one course unit to the next.) Session 4: “Best practices in online teaching.” An increasing number of faculty members are teaching all or part of their courses online. What are best practices in online teaching? This session will focus on techniques and approaches that have proven to be fruitful in online education. Presentations will be 20 min. and should focus have an explicit focus on demonstrating the approach. Preference will be given to presentations that could be utilized by participants without having to purchase expensive proprietary equipment or software and that may be applicable to different global settings.

Program Unit Chairs

Renate Viveen Hood

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