Open Syllabus Project

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Ted Weis | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Feb 8 2016 12:17 PM

Here's an interesting site--The Open Syllabus Project. It's an online data base that has collated books assigned in over one million college courses over the past decade.

Go to the filter "Theology and Religious Education" and you'll see that Augustine's "Confessions" is the number one book. To my surprise, several of the books I wasn't familiar with, like those by Catholic theologian Walter Kasper.

It be interesting to see how many of these books are available in Logos.

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Dave Moser | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 8 2016 1:01 PM

Ted Weis:
To my surprise, several of the books I wasn't familiar with

That's because the sample size is really small. Augustine's Confessions is at the top with only 11 occurrences.

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GaoLu | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 8 2016 3:58 PM

I am seeing 1694 "assignments" among all disciplines.  11 assignments is for the theology/religion field, which is a small count, yet the highest count out of 1593 total assignments (if I am interpreting correctly), but overall, other disciplines are apparently assigning the reading as well.  It seems the English department is assigning this more times (171) overall than the religions department and even Philosophy at 149.

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Jan Krohn | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 8 2016 7:22 PM

Augustine's confessions has a total count of 1694. Only 11 of them are in the field of theology? I can't believe that. When I add up the count for Augustine's confessions across all fields, I come out at only 726.

I'm quite sure that data is inconsistent and/or corrupt.

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