Is Online Learning Transforming Education?
News from Huffington Post:
“Brick and mortar schools will still exist, and the overwhelming majority of children will attend them, but the schools will be center of individualized learning, with engaging interactive content rather than a series of chalk-and-textbook, grade-delineated classrooms. At high school and potentially middle school, each child will have a computer to work at his or her own pace in customized programs; technology will deliver it to them in ways best suited to their individual needs and strengths.”
Is this scenario science fiction? Can this type of set up ever happen? And if it did, would it even improve quality? What then would be the role of our teachers in managing these disruptive changes?
Ron Packard addresses these important questions in his recent book Education Transformation. In particular, he highlights the specific ways in which technology can provide meaningful educational alternatives, especiall…………… continues on Huffington Post
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Education of pastors takes root online
News from Kansas City Star:
Theological education has increasingly left brick-and-mortar schools and headed back to congregations and family homes as more seminarians study online.
Daniel O. Aleshire
“The old move — uproot your family, get a new job, move to the seminary — that model isn’t working for so many people today,” said Ronald Hawkins, vice provost at Liberty University, which has around 9,000 students in its online seminary.
“They are looking for a way to increase their biblical theological knowledge, to expand their ministry skills and to remain within the context of the ministry setting.”
Despite a “huge” hesitancy to allow online theological degrees, online education is growing, said Daniel Aleshire, executive director of the Association of Theological Schools, the main accrediting body for more than 270 seminaries and graduate schools.
Until 2012, ATS did not allow any degrees to be offered fully online. Now ATS allows master of arts programs to be earned fully online; last February, ATS created a process for master of divinity programs to waive residency requirements.
So far, six schools have exceptions to residency requirements for either the master of arts or master of divinity degree. More than 100 offer at least six course…………… continues on Kansas City Star
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