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The Challenge of Technology and Christian Education

Course overview

If you're a teacher, you've suddenly found yourself in uncharted territory. COVID-19 has up-ended teaching methods and practices that you've been honing throughout your career. You're still determined to reach your students, but how can you do that in a world of social distancing and remote learning?

Join respected educators David Smith and Marj Terpstra as they lead you through the challenges and opportunities of teaching during a pandemic. You'll explore ways that you can connect with remote learners. You'll learn about both the strengths and weaknesses of technology-based learning. You'll grapple with tough questions about time, workload, and work/life boundaries.

You'll emerge from this course with a thoughtful, intentional perspective on technology and teaching. And you'll have a toolkit of fresh ideas, approaches, and practices you can apply right away to your digital classroom.

Course distinctives

Expert educators - Professors Smith and Terpstra are recognized thought leaders in the field of education. Smith's recently-published book On Christian Teaching is considered a must-read for Christian educators.
Christian values - Embrace a vision for teaching that wants to see students flourish spiritually as well as intellectually. As you explore the ways that teaching and technology interact, you'll keep your students' faith development front and center.
Immediately relevant - If you're an educator struggling right now to teach effectively in a digital environment, or looking ahead to an uncertain fall school term, this course will equip you not just with effective ideas, but with the confidence to put them into action in a confusing situation.

Course details

There is no set meeting time for this course. You will have opportunities for live collaboration with the professor and other students. If you choose to audit the course, plan to spend 10-14 hours over the course of three weeks reading, writing, watching videos, and having discussions. You won't be graded. If you are taking the course for academic credit, expect an additional 20 hours of course work. Credit-seekers are awarded a credit on a completed/not-completed basis without a letter grade.

The primary text you will be using during this course is Digital Life Together: The Challenge of Technology for Christian Schools. With bookstore hours and shipping options affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, you are encouraged to order a copy of this book in advance of the course start date. Digital Life Together can be purchased in ebook or print format from Amazon and other retailers.

Basic information

This course is closed. Please visit the main COVID-Shaped World page to find another class that interests you this summer. Thank you for your interest!

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