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Online Student Engagement

Online Student Engagement

“For April’s VLOG, we’ve asked several members of our eLearning team to give one or two of their best tips for facilitating student engagement in the online environment.”;-- Dr. Randy Richards Dr. E. Randolph Richards is the Provost/Chief Academic Officer of Palm Beach Atlantic University.; He

More Grand Title Than the Great Film ‘Paul, Apostle of Christ’ Still Worth Watching

More Grand Title Than the Great Film ‘Paul, Apostle of Christ’ Still Worth Watching

Dr. Alex Wainer, professor of communication and media studies Self-marginalized from the wider culture throughout the 20th century, evangelicals especially have been seeking inroads into engagement with music, film and other mediated forms, both as consumers and creators in the 21st, but often

Too Much Attention for the Attention Merchants

Too Much Attention for the Attention Merchants

Dr. Alex Wainer, professor of communication and media studies Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is facing much unwanted attention from members of Congress after news that a company, Cambridge Analytica, used access to Facebook users accounts to develop member profiles in order to solicit votes for Trump

America and the World are Going to the Magic Kingdom of Wakanda

America and the World are Going to the Magic Kingdom of Wakanda

Photo credit: Marvel Studios/ Walk Disney Co. Dr. Alex Wainer, professor of communication and media studies Recently, Marvel Studios, a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company, opened the doors to its newest magic kingdom, that of Wakanda, the fictional home of T’Challa, the Black Panther, and the

Effective Student Advising

Effective Student Advising

“This month’s video emphasizes the importance of academic advising and taking the time to truly listen to students.” -- Dr. Randy Richards ; Dr. E. Randolph Richards is the Provost/Chief Academic Officer of Palm Beach Atlantic University.; He also teaches Biblical Studies, is a former missionary

Advertising: How it Speaks Out of Both Sides of Its Mouth

Advertising: How it Speaks Out of Both Sides of Its Mouth

Photo courtesy of slate.com Dr. Alex Wainer, professor of communication and media studies The recent kerfuffle over several Super Bowl ads is a reminder that in a media world that runs on advertising, a marketing strategy can sometimes go bad. Specifically, the Ram pickup truck ad featuring a

The Beauty of the Truth

The Beauty of the Truth

Dr. Alex Wainer, professor of communication and media studies If you are in any way tuned in to social media, or other media channels, you know of the fast and furious nature of 21st century communications.;;It seems controversy stalks every area of public life.;;It’s not just politics, with Tweet

The Wasteful (Prodigal) Son

The Wasteful (Prodigal) Son

“One of the core convictions at PBA is that God gives us different talents and abilities to use for His Kingdom. Our faculty are living examples of radically different talents and abilities all used for the Kingdom. This month’s blog is a meditation on the prodigal son and wasting those gifts God

The Stories We Tell Ourselves - and Others

The Stories We Tell Ourselves - and Others

Author of this blog post, Dr. Alex Wainer From time to time I will be blogging; on things related to faith and popular culture—and by popular culture, things in television, film, the internet and indeed, culture generally, as it’s harder than ever to see the boundaries. Casual reading, watching

Richards: Yes, Faith Can Move 'Mountains'

Richards: Yes, Faith Can Move 'Mountains'

Dr. Randy Richards As we enter a new semester, I’m more aware than ever of the difficulties that many of us face – both faculty and students alike. Perhaps these ‘mountains’ are opportunities for us to see God work.; We all know well the statement by Jesus: For truly I tell you, if you have