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  • Online Theological Distance Education Bridging the gap [email protected] www.netfoundation.nl P.O. Box 284 7460 AG Rijssen (Netherlands) +31 (0)6-29332873 Rabobank 1269.30.619 KvK 09163429
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  • Online Theological Distance Education NET Foundation Long-distance education is an integral part of the course offerings at most colleges and universities in 2009. It is therefore not a matter of if but rather how long-distance education should be conducted. What can be demanded from the students? How can teachers become familiar with this type of education? What does this mean for didactic and pedagogical methods that are being used? Etcetera... 2
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  • Online Theological Distance Education NET Foundation 3 NET Foundation was established late 2006 as a missions- related non-profit organization to provide theological educational institutes at home and abroad with the answers to the questions mentioned before Quick profile: Raymond Warnaar Married & 5 kids (from 1 through 15) Missionary Latin America Director NET Foundation Consultant Educational Science & Technology
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  • Online Theological Distance Education Themes Mission and Vision Definition & Characteristics of E-learning Blended Learning Opportunities, Threats & Challenges Questionnaire Join the Community 4
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  • Online Theological Distance Education Our Mission NET aims to provide theological and missionary organizations with easily accessible and innovative technology and together with other NET platform members to advance theological and related education in quality as well as quantity. This includes: Sharing knowledge and experience with NET participants regarding digital distance learning Contributing towards the transmission of the Christian faith and the Reformed spiritual legacy. Advancing the global cooperation between missionary and theological educational institutes.
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  • Online Theological Distance Education Our Positioning Theological Institutes Missionary organizations Technology LMS & Web 2.0 Communities of Practice
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  • Online Theological Distance Education Main Activities NET offers educational technology (LMS and others) through which long-distance education can be provided, and local as well as international communities of practice can be formed NET gives advices and offers customized training for implementing distance learning and its effects on your organization NET initiates, coordinates and financially supports international projects on the design and development of digital educational learning materials NET aims to start with the development of a database containing a detailed oversight of global learning opportunities in theology
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  • Online Theological Distance Education Trends in higher education Lifelong learning Competence-based learning Virtualization (use of internet technology) Personalization & individualization Flexibility Globalization (partnerships, contents brokers, virtual universities, new markets & research) 8
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  • Online Theological Distance Education Themes Mission and Vision Definition & Characteristics of E-learning Blended Learning Opportunities, Threats & Challenges Questionnaire Join the Community 9
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  • Online Theological Distance Education Possible elements At home (cyber)Using Internet technologiesVirtual communitiesWhen time availableMulti-mediaSelf studyEtcetera 10
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  • Online Theological Distance Education (a) Definition of distance education Distance education is any educational process in which all or most of the teaching is conducted by someone removed in space and/or time from the learner, with the effect that all or most of the communication between teachers and learners is through an artificial medium, either electronic or print. By definition, in distance education the normal or principal means of communication is through technology (UNESCO, 2002, p.22). 11
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  • Online Theological Distance Education Phases of e-learning Learning Information Learning Support Digital Learning Blended Learning Distance Learning Publication and organization Communication and mentoring Lectures and resources Assignments and collaboration Self-study and testing 12
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  • Online Theological Distance Education Themes Mission and Vision Definition & Characteristics of E-learning Blended Learning Opportunities, Threats & Challenges Questionnaire Join the Community 13
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  • Online Theological Distance Education E-learning facilitates blended learning blended learning wherewhenwhathowwhowhy 14
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  • Online Theological Distance Education Variables of blended learning 1.Offline and online activities Face-to-face versus online 2.Synchronous and asynchronous activities Synchronous: radio, chat, MSN, videoconference Asynchronous: tutorials, discussion boards, blogs, wiki 3.Different multi media assets Picture, text, movie, animation, simulation, audio, games 4.Different didactical interactions (and approaches) Information, question, reflection, discussion, exercise, quiz (self learning versus collaborative learning) 15
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  • Online Theological Distance Education Variables of blended learning 5.Different ways of delivering the content Paper, computer, USB-stick, CD-ROM, cell phone, personal organizer 6.Different e-learning technologies LMS (or VLE), wiki, conference tools, authoring tools, etc. 7.Different didactical models Behaviorism, Cognitivism, Constructivism 8.Formal and informal learning Structured and predefined or at the coffee machine 16
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  • Online Theological Distance Education E-learning Technology Tools Production tools Authoring tools, content management system, audio and video editing, animation, etc. Learning tools Learning Management System (LMS), e-portfolio, testing tool, conference tools, blog, chat, wiki, mind mapping, etc. Administrative tools Educational logistics and design, inscription, study routes, certification, etc. 17
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  • Online Theological Distance Education E-learning technologies 18
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  • NET Technology (1)
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  • Online Theological Distance Education NET Technology (2)
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  • Online Theological Distance Education NET Technology (3)
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  • Online Theological Distance Education Main Features of LMS 1.Registration: enroll and administer learners online for web-based, instructor-led, and all other learning activities. 2.Scheduling: schedule courses and define curricula to address individual and organizational learning needs. Also off-line resources can be included (classrooms, books, coaches etc.). 3.Delivery: deliver online courses, learning material and assessments or schedule instructor-led courses. 4.Tracking: track the progress of the learners and create reports. 5.Communication: communicate by chat, discussion forum, wiki, blogs, mail, screen sharing and e-seminars. 6.Testing: test and assess competency, learning styles and student commitment. 22
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  • Online Theological Distance Education Variables of blended learning (summary) blended learning Online or classroom Synchronous or asynchronous Multi-media Didactical interactions Mode of delivery Technologies Didactical models (in)formal learning 23
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  • Components are interwoven (VandenAkker, 2005) 24 Rationale Time Objectives Content Learning activities Teacher role Materials & resources Grouping Location Assessment
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  • Online Theological Distance Education How to define the optimal blend? Institute IdentityCultureBudgetInfrastructureTechnologies Staff Vision on learning Competencies Experiences Time constraints Students Target group Learning objectives Number of learners 25
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  • Online Theological Distance Education Themes Mission and Vision Definition & Characteristics of E-learning Blended Learning Opportunities, Threats & Challenges Questionnaire Join the Community 26
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  • Online Theological Distance Education Advantages of e-learning Main reasons for the institute and its staff to consider the offering of online courses are: access to new (global) markets and new students, alleviation of capacity constraints (full classes), more revenues, richer programs, internationalization, technology can be a catalyst for institutional transformation and educational innovations, etc. Considering the perspective of the student, the main advantages of online distance education are: more flexibility, cost and time savings, access to new courses, international contacts, attractive (innovative and authentic) learning, student- centered approaches, efficient interactions, deeper learning, etc. 27
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  • Online Theological Distance Education Threats & Challenges The most common issues from an institute perspective are: copyright and property issues, recognition of diplomas and certificates, change of culture, higher retention rate, possible staff resistance, time consuming (planning issue), expensive (budget issue), need for infrastructure and technology, support and training. From a staff, instructor or teacher perspective the following issues can be summarized: new pedagogical strategies to be defined, different roles and responsibilities, preparation or transformation of course materials, creation (skills) of new multi-media materials needed because old ones are not compatible or digitally available, online course is more time consuming, how to take examinations or assessments at a distance, interaction and relation towards students and management of student expectations. From a student perspective possible issues can be: wrong expectations, course doesnt engage (due to poor quality by contents overload and/or use of a single medium), social isolation, interpersonal or relational skills may not be developed, difficult access to technology and worldwide web, learning process is different and more time consuming. 28
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  • Online Theological Distance Education Themes Mission and Vision Definition & Characteristics of E-learning Blended Learning Opportunities, Threats & Challenges Questionnaire Join the Community 29
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  • Summary of Questionnaire Results will be here included 30
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  • Online Theological Distance Education Themes Mission and Vision Definition & Characteristics of E-learning Blended Learning Opportunities, Threats & Challenges Questionnaire Join the Community 31
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  • Join the Community 1.OCI & NET are currently preparing a LA Partnership Agreement 2.Stay involved and receive online our Information about upcoming Activities 3.Actual Plans for 2009 & 2010 Development & Evaluation of Implementation (Transformation) Prototypes regarding E-learning Execution of Workshops & Pilot Project 33
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  • Online Theological Distance Education Transformation Prototype Board Decision (vision, priority, resources) Board Decision (vision, priority, resources) Professional Development (training) Professional Development (training) Infrastructure (Internet, hardware, software) Infrastructure (Internet, hardware, software) Basic Conditions Basic Conditions Consistent and clear approach Consistent and clear approach Presentation of theme, students and teacher(s) Presentation of theme, students and teacher(s) Pedagogical Strategy defined (including roles) Pedagogical Strategy defined (including roles) Course Preparation Course Preparation Contents segmented by themes, feedback, meetings or chapters Contents segmented by themes, feedback, meetings or chapters Blended Learning Blended Learning Attractive & interactive Multi-media Attractive & interactive Multi-media Course Structure Personalization and training of students Personalization and training of students Continuous evaluation Continuous evaluation Communication protocol Communication protocol Course Execution Course Execution 34
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  • Online Theological Distance Education www.netfoundation.nl P.O. Box 284 7460 AG Rijssen (Netherlands) +31 (0)6-29332873 Rabobank 1269.30.619 KvK 09163429 Bridging Theology and Technology Innovating Theology by Technology Extending Theology towards new Areas THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION!
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