Category Archives: Teaching

How reliable are student evaluations of teaching?

Last week I got my results back on semester 2’s teaching, and much hilarity ensued! As many universities, Edinburgh now uses an online system to collect numerical scores on each course, along with some free text comments. The comments are … Continue reading

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Mahabharata scroll digitised

A couple of years ago, when teaching a course on the Hindu Epics, I took my class to the Centre for Research Collections at the University’s main library to look at a late 18th century Mahabharata scroll. It was stunning. … Continue reading

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Highlights of the semester

Well I didn’t last long with my resolution to blog regularly. Semester rather got the better of me, thanks to a rather challenging workload and a twelve-week long cold. Thankfully both are now over, and looking back I can see … Continue reading

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Have you seen a what’s-it tree?

One of my favourite jātaka stories is the tale of the Kimsuka – or “what’s-it” tree (number 248 in the big Pāli collection). Last year I turned it into a resource for school teachers to use, and last week I … Continue reading

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Stories for school teaching

In the last few weeks I have been working particularly hard on a project with school teachers. A colleague – Alison Jack, a specialist in Christian parables – and I have been creating resources for school teachers that are based … Continue reading

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Teaching the Hindu Epics

This semester I am teaching a course on the Hindu epics for the first time. I have got to know these delightful and intriguing texts very well in recent years, and I am excited to be able to share my … Continue reading

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