Sunday, May 30, 2010

Virtual School Student Survey

Virtual School Student Survey

For a Blended Course consisting of  Virtual & Face to Face Students employing an LMS and Video Conferencing

General Information
  • What Subject are you Enrolled in?
  • Do you classify yourself as a Face to Face or a Virtual Student?
    Face to Face students are BASED IN the same school as the teacher.

    Virtual students are NOT BASED in the same school as the teacher. 
  • Did you have prior knowledge that you were enrolled in a Virtual course?
  • Why did you enroll in a Virtual Course?
  • In generally which statements best describe your use of information technology when learning.
    I prefer taking courses that use no information technology
    I prefer taking courses that use a limited level of technology
    I prefer taking courses that use a moderate level of technology
    I prefer taking courses that use an extensive level of technology
    I prefer taking courses that use technology exclusively
  • Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
    I enjoy working with other students on class activities.
    I enjoy the social aspects of the classroom
    I prefer to be told what is required and then work by myself rather than with other students in my class.
    I enjoy hearing what other students think about and enjoy listening to issues raised in class.
    I get more out of going to class than working on activities outside of class.
    I learn a lot of the content in my classes on my own.
    Class sessions make me feel like part of a team where people help each other learn.
Participation & Engagement
  • Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
    I prefer to hear what the teacher has to say than to have my say in a class activity.
    I prefer to hear what other students have to say than to have my say in a class activity.
    I try to participate and contribute as much as I can in all aspects of this course.
    I am not given the opportunity to participate and contribute in this course
  • I feel involved in the class when learning via a LMS (Moodle LMS)
  • I feel involved in the class when learning via Conferencing (Adobe Connect)
  • I feel disconnected when studying in a Virtual course.
  • I build links with my class mates by using the LMS communication tools (Moodle LMS)
  • Having to complete work online and in class has helped me to understand course concepts better.
  • Having my course online hindered my learning
  • I would like my other courses to have online components similar to this Virtual course.
  • I could organise my learning by attending conferencing lessons and accessing online course materials.
  • In general the course is well organised.
  • The LMS(Moodle LMS) online course was easy to navigate
  • The (Adobe Connect) conferencing classes were engaging
  • I receive frequent feedback from my teacher on how I was doing in the class
  • Overall, I am happy with the Virtual course
  • I would not enroll in anotherVirtual course.
  • I would recommend this course to a fellow course

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Catholic funeral rites is about “what?”

The Catholic funeral traditions is about “what?”
The Catholic basis - the 10 commandments – are the source of ideas and solutions however what do they mean when requesting a sanctified funeral?

Is approval based on favourable ethics of the time and or as a political marketing exercise.

It seems that when it comes to sanctified funerals, in contemporary times, only the gay porno movie makers miss out and it seems that the public scandal determines approval or not.

Catholic Funeral rites
The Church denies funeral rites to the following people, unless they gave some signs of repentance before death:

  • notorious apostates, heretics, and schismatics;
  • those who chose the cremation of their bodies for reasons contrary to Christian faith;
  • other manifest sinners to whom a Church funeral could not be granted without public scandal to the faithful (cf. Canon 1184.1.1–3).

So does the Catholic Church give funeral rites to:
  • Murderers?
  • People who commit Suicides?
  • Mass Murderers?
  • Rapists?
  • Murdering Gangsters -  Mob Leaders?
  • Paedophiles?
  • Gay Porno makers?
Who will bury the bad?
As Nick Cave asks – who will bury black Paul

The church teachers it is objectionably and gravely wrong but recognises conditions. The church has a matrix of the conditions.
  • “We no longer specifically name suicide as a reason to deny a Catholic funeral. Instead, a more generally worded ruling prevails: A funeral may be denied if its celebration would cause public scandal to the faithful; a bishop makes the final judgment. In many pastoral situations, the denial of a funeral might cause a scandal to the faithful.”read more
Suicide funeral due to school yard bullying

Suicide - Euthanasia
However could the same rites be off to Dr Philip Nitschke (Doctor Death) or to any person that proceeds with euthanasia?

Vatican warns priests not to proceed.
  • “41 Catholic priests issued a formal warning by the Vatican for signing an open letter approving the removal of food and hydration.”read more
  • 41 Catholic priests have been issued a formal warning by the Vatican for signing an open letter approving the removal of food and hydration of helpless patients like Eluana Englaro.

The Catholic church has occasionally held funeral and burial services for aborted foetuses however whether it accepts pro abortion advocates is another thing.
Senator Kennedy – Pro Abortionist
  • 'whatever happens in Church, Senator Kennedy will now face justice, which will lead him inside the gates of Hell. Bishop Robert C. Morlino - read more
  • “He (Senator Kennedy) was an adulterer, pro abortion, most likely guilty of negligent homicide (unrepentant to the day he died)an alcoholic and a divorcee. It goes against all church doctrine for the church to have participated in burying him in the church. Its as idiotic as giving Sinatra anullments. Bishop, if you cannot understand our confusion and consternation then you need to retire.” read more
  • Senator Kennedy did get a Catholic Funeral but the controversy is load. This could be a question of being a sheep or a leader.
John J Geoghan - a convicted priest-paedophile received a full funeral after raping 150 kids over a 30-year career in six parishes. Geoghan was strangled and stomped to death in his cell.

Mob Bosses & Gangsters

Notorious mob boss John Gotti buried in Roman Catholic cemetery but not given a funeral Mass.
“NEW YORK Notorious mob boss John Gotti will be interred in a Roman Catholic cemetery alongside his son, but his family was denied permission to hold a funeral Mass for the convicted killer.

Gotti, responsible for at least five murders during his bloody reign atop the Gambino crime family, will not receive a Mass of Christian burial, the Rev. Andrew Vaccari, chancellor of the Diocese of Brooklyn, said Wednesday.
Instead, Vaccari said in a one-sentence statement, "there can be a Mass for the dead sometime after the burial …...”
read more

Gotti burial in Roman Catholic cemetery was approved, but he didn't receive a funeral Mass. “Gotti was mourned in a non-church, private service and taken to a cemetery that also holds other top mobsters. The Catholic Church had denied his family’s request for a religious service.” read more

Carl Williams was given a funeral Mass in a $30,000 bronze and 14-carat gold coffin.
  • Father Bill Attard said it was appropriate to hold the funeral at St Therese's because the church had adopted a prisoner and believed in the goodness of all people, including criminals.
    There is a leper and a wolf in all of us, he said after recounting stories of St Francis of Assisi hugging a leper and taming a wolf.
    "We are here to pray for Carl, he had the dignity of the human spirit in him,'' he told mourners.
  • Williams was jailed for a minimum of 35 years for ordering the murder of Lewis Moran and his son Jason, Mark Mallia and Michael Marshall.

Mass Murderers – Nazi
Dinko Sakic a Coatian Nazi - given a sanctified Catholic Funeral
Croatian commander of the notorious WWII Nazi Ustasa concentration camp in Jasenovac, Dinko Sakic was buried in the full Ustasa uniform confirms Father Vjekoslav Lasic, Croatian Catholic priest.

Family Killers
Catholic Church's decision to grant Steven Sueppel a funeral at St. Mary's Church after he killed his wife and four children on Easter night – he also committed suicide. awaiting trial on federal embezzlement and money-laundering charges at the time of the killings.

Gay Porno Makers
The church does consider a gay or lesbian orientation “unnatural” and “disordered”.
John McCusker - the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego defended its decision to deny him a Catholic funeral by stating that a gay pornographic video had been filmed in his club
"The bishop acted as he did so that the faithful would not be misled and erroneously conclude that the Church condones activities such as those included in the businesses of Mr. McCusker," read more
  • Academic Comment .
    Maureen Tilley, an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Dayton

    • "It's not necessarily a judgment on people's souls; it's a judgment on how their action impacted public order within the church," Tilley said. "If the church buried him, it would somehow be seen that the church approved of his business activities." read more
The Church as an organisation makes judgements on crimes against society on the basis of the crimes impact on the itself.
If the Church thinks that a sanctified funeral does make statements of approval what can society gain on decision of disapprove?
It seems that pro abortionists, pro euthanasia and gay porno makers impact on the church image.
Mass murderers, Family Killers, Priest Paedophiles, Gangsters and Mob Leaders have a smaller impact on the church image.
If compassion and forgiveness is the key consideration perhaps the Catholics should remove key words like sanctity and sacred.