Applications Due January 15, 2014
First session: June 3-5, 2014 Wabash Center
Online course: June - July 2014
Final session: July 30 - August 1, 2014 Wabash Center
Richard Nysse, Luther Seminary
Steve Delamarter, George Fox Evangelical Seminary
Bridget Powell, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Thomas Pearson, Wabash Center
- Teaching at the master’s level in an accredited seminary or theological school in the United States, Puerto Rico, or Canada
- Have at least 5 years teaching experience
- Currently scheduled to teach a master’s level or doctor of ministry course which has a hybrid or fully online format
- Committed to full participation in the two face-to-face sessions and online component
Policy on Participation
The Wabash Center is committed to providing a hospitable environment for sustained conversation about good teaching. These conversations are fostered from the opening session through the evenings, social occasions, and the closing events of the last day.
There is also an expectation of full participation in the online activities assigned for each week through frequent log-ins (3-4 times per week), active contributions to discussions, and other activities as detailed in the design. We estimate this will involve at least 10 hours a week of your time.
Read our Policy on Participation
This workshop is designed in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison for theological faculty to gain online teaching experience. It will be conducted in a “hybrid” design, with two face-to-face sessions bookending a nine-week online component. The workshop will expose participants to technologies that may be used in online or blended learning, and attend to questions relevant for the design and implementation of curricular programs with significant distance elements.
This workshop will present major elements involved in using the Internet for instruction. The online component provides hands-on experience and will use a “principles-to-practice” approach that presents guidelines and strategies for applying principles of online learning to the participant’s courses. It attends to the issue of how teaching and learning changes when the class format includes geographic separation between and among learners and instructors, mediated by technologies and pedagogical theory. The primary focus is on developing and implementing a successful, free-standing fully online or hybrid course. The primary focus is on the pedagogical and sociological dynamics that make for a successful, free-standing fully online or hybrid course, as opposed to issues of web design where participants would create videos, websites, wikis, etc.
No prior experience is necessary, yet course material will be valuable to those at advanced levels as well. It is a concentrated, resource-rich learning experience where participants will have the chance to review additional resources related to the topics, and address issues relevant to their teaching context.
- To experience a hybrid course under the guidance of three experienced teachers
- To learn online teaching strategies that promote interaction and engagement
- To learn how community building, ministry, and spiritual formation take place within this format
- To come to an understanding of the major differences and similarities between online and face-to-face teaching and appreciate the unique opportunities and challenges of the online environment
- To apply what is learned about online pedagogy to individual online courses
1. Application Information form (including your agreement to the Policy on Participation)
2. Cover letter stating your reasons for wanting to participate in this workshop, what online teaching you expect to do, and what arrangements you anticipate making for the summer to accommodate this work.
3. Brief essay stating your interest in and concerns about teaching in the online environment including a paragraph describing the online-only course or the blended course you teach or hope to teach.
4. Academic CV (4-page limit)
5. Letter of recommendation from your dean, principal, or rector, demonstrating institutional support for your participation in this workshop, the institutional plans for online teaching and your role in those plans, and describing your interest and skills as a teacher. Please have this signed letter sent directly to you on institutional letterhead and include it with the rest of your application materials. There is no expectation that the letter is confidential.
Click here to apply online (complete the Application Information Form and attach all documents).
The Wabash Center will cover all local expenses and travel to Crawfordsville for the two face-to-face sessions. Participants will receive a stipend of $1,500 upon completion of the online and face-to-face sessions. We are prevented from paying stipends to participants who are teaching in the U.S. under an H-1B visa.
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Thomas Pearson, Associate Director
301 West Wabash Ave.
Crawfordsville, IN 47933