Teaching Greek on Blackboard

Decker, Rodney rdecker at bbc.edu
Thu Mar 28 09:19:03 EST 2002

Just a note to let you know that there will be a new, manually hinted
version of Galilee before too long that will display better on screen at
small sizes. I've also tweaked some character shapes and will be reworking
the character spacing (kerning) before the next release. Hopefully this will
come by late spring or early summer, but definitely by this summer. The next
step beyond that will be a Unicode version with composite characters so that
the diacritics will space correctly even in a web browser. That step may or
may not be available in time for the fall semester.

I assume that you've found my SBL paper on teaching Greek online (or may
have been at the SBL session)? If not, see

Rodney J. Decker, Th.D.
Associate Prof/NT, Baptist Bible Seminary
Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA
PURL: <http://purl.oclc.org/NT_Resources/>

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Susan Jeffers [mailto:susan at read-the-bible.org]
> Sent: Wednesday, March 27, 2002 10:10 PM
> To: Biblical Greek
> Subject: [b-greek] Teaching Greek on Blackboard
> Greetings B-Greekers!
> Does anyone have any words of wisdom concerning teaching NT 
> Greek online 
> using Blackboard courseware?
> I plan to use Mounce for the textbook; haven't decided yet 
> among SPIonic, 
> Galilee, or the Teknia font that comes with the book (might be on the 
> Teknia web page, for that matter; I haven't looked yet) -- 
> any pros or 
> cons?  I like the idea of SPIonic and Galilee because they're public 
> domain, but since the students will already have Teknia it 
> might be a bit 
> simpler for the folks to get started.
> I've taught several Bible courses using Blackboard, but made 
> most use of 
> the Discussion Board, didn't do much with quizzes or drop box 
> or anything 
> like that, which I imagine would be important in teaching Greek.
> The class will meet in person for a day at the beginning and 
> a day at the 
> end of each semester, with the middle part all online.  It's 
> a 2-semester 
> seminary-level course.  Students who want to go beyond will 
> have a third 
> semester reading course conducted in person on campus.
> Thanks for any advice or insight you can offer -- offlist 
> responses welcome.
> Susan Jeffers
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