Presence at a Distance at theLAB

The Logos Academic Blog has reposted there my essay from January’s issue of Didaktikos on presence in online education. Received wisdom says that presence is harder to achieve online. Physically, this is hardly disputable … but there also seems to be quite a bit more to the question than is often brought out. For the full essay, […]

Presence in Online Education

The latest issue of Didaktikos carries a short essay of mine about presence in online higher education. I’m grateful to the folks at Faithlife for their permission to distribute the essay here, the essence of which is that presence is possible online—it’s just different than it is on campus. For additional information about Didaktikos, see the journal’s […]

Didaktikos 1

Faithlife has launched a new journal specifically for faculty, Didaktikos, which focuses on issues related to theological education. The primary editor is Douglas Estes, and the editorial board includes Karen Jobes, Randolph Richards, Beth Stovell, and Douglas Sweeney. The inaugural issue includes authors and topics of broad interest: • Mark Noll talks about teaching with expertise […]

ATS webinars for new faculty

The Association of Theological Schools has several helpful webinars archived for new faculty. Topics include: Self-promotion and humility Online teaching Introduction to publishing Publishing your dissertation Promotion and tenure Establishing a research agenda For more information on each of the webinars or to view the recordings, please see the ATS website.

Babyak, “Teaching strategy for a Christian virtual environment”

I’ve recently had the opportunity of working through Andrew Babyak’s article, “A Teaching Strategy for a Christian Virtual Environment” (Journal of Research in Christian Education 24, no. 1 [2015]: 63–77). A number of Babyak’s reflections are quite insightful and helpful. According to the abstract, The current landscape in education is changing rapidly as online learning […]

Spiritual formation in online, Christian higher education

Spiritual formation continues to be an important element in Christian education. As Christian education continues to explore online modes of executing its mission, it is necessary for Christian education to give careful thought to the unique challenges that online modes involve for the spiritually formative aspect of its mission. As one more preliminary way of puzzling out how […]