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Decentered Online Bible Instruction: How Active Learning Enhances the Study of Scripture

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Troftgruben, Troy M.
2018
Teaching Theology and Religion 21, no. 1 (2018): 33-46
BL41.T4 v.21 no. 1
Topics: Teaching Religion   |   Constructivist & Active Learning Theory

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The field of biblical studies lends itself well to decentered online learning – a kind that uses active learning to engage primary texts and their interpretations. Not only does such an approach work well in online and hybrid formats, it more readily welcomes readings that are more contextual, constructive, and collaborative. Three aspects best characterize a decentered approach to active learning online: an orientation toward primary texts, collaborative inquiry, and enhanced learner initiative. This essay describes the significance of each in turn, along with naming some best practices. I argue that this approach not only shifts focus toward learners and the learning environment, it works particularly well for teaching Bible courses online and in hybrid formats where interpretation of primary sources is the fundamental goal.