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Online Teaching and Biblical Studies

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Ascough, Richard; Barreto, Eric D.; Birch, Bruce C.; Calderón Pilarski, Ahida; Reese, Ruth Anne
2018
Teaching Theology and Religion 21, no. 2 (2018): 120-137
BL41.T4 v.21 no. 2
Topics: Teaching Religion   |   Online Learning

Additional Info:
This Forum emerges from a session initiated by the Professional Development Committee at the 2017 conference of the Society of Biblical Literature in Boston. A panel of five Bible scholars, from both theological education and undergraduate contexts, provide brief descriptions and analyses of a specific course they have taught online. They describe creative assignments such as role play, online field trips, evaluating web sites, and staged debates. They analyze the opportunities for developing undergraduates' critical thinking skills as well as seminarians' formation for ministry. A comparison of online and face‐to‐face teaching contexts reveals shifts in our understanding of how learning happens and our own identities as teachers. The Forum concludes with questions from the floor, which turn the conversation toward institutional support for pedagogical and technological hurdles.
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