I teach an online section of ECEN 160 - Introduction to Digital Systems. I want to support the teaching standard of building faith in Jesus Christ but don't always know how to do it effectively in the context of an engineering course.
When doing my weekly reflection last semester and assessing myself for building faith in Jesus Christ I often felt like I was only achieving "I kept a neutral stance as to my testimony or the connection between course content and gospel principles this week." I don't have any problem integrating gospel insights and baring my testimony when I teach gospel classes but I didn't know how to do it consistently when teaching an engineering course.
That experience prompted me to make improving building faith in Jesus Christ the basis of my development goal this semester. As I paid more attention to this aspect of my teaching I realized I had been doing more than I thought. I sometimes include a scripture in my weekly announcement to the class. Like quoting Mosiah 4:27 when encouraging students to make a schedule and budget their time. Other times I make an analogy between something we are learning and a gospel principle like the following:
A computer without a program counter to maintain the orderly execution of software would not be a very useful device. Speaking of the church the Lord said "For all things must be done in order, and by common consent in the church, by the prayer of faith" (D&C 28:13). Likewise our lives are less productive if we don't follow the order prescribed by the Lord and be led by prayer and faith.
My focus on improving building faith in Jesus Christ made me aware of other opportunities to bring in gospel insights and bare testimony. During an office hours session this semester we were discussing reducing Boolean equations. I took the opportunity to present the following analogy:
Gospel principles can be applied to some of the concepts we are learning in the course. Just like we create simplified Boolean expressions that cover more complex expressions, the two great laws taught by Christ cover the more detailed laws of the 10 commandments. If we obey the two great laws we will inherently be obeying the 10 commandments.
I feel like I am achieving "I mostly integrated gospel insights into my course communication" although I don't know that I could say I have "presented some faith-building examples or testimony." There has been some of that when communicating individually with students struggling with issues but not so much with the class as a whole. When communicating with one struggling student I suggested some sources he could exercise to get help, like the tutoring center, then added he should pray that he could be more effective in his studies. When I told him that I realized I needed to take my own advice. I needed to make prayer a more integral part of my teaching activities. I have been working on that.
So that is where I am now. Where I want to be is "I integrated gospel insights into my course, and bore testimony consistent with course content."
What can you suggest to help me integrate gospel insights into my course and bare testimony consistent with course content?