June 6, 2017—The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary announced the award of a small project grant to form a teaching and learning collaborative to explore teaching methods in classroom performance and design of online education. The project was made possible by a grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, which is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. and located at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Faculty who were trained in the face-to-face classroom and have taught in the face-to-face environment for much of their careers continue to make the shift to the online and digital platforms. Columbia Seminary is using this opportunity to develop teaching skills to solidly make this shift.
The following six faculty members from Columbia Theological Seminary have been selected for the program: Dr. William Yoo, Assistant Professor of American Religious and Cultural History; Dr. Brennan Breed, Assistant Professor of Old Testament; Dr. Bill Brown, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament; Dr. Jake Myers, Assistant Professor of Homiletics; Dr. Raj Nadella, Assistant Professor of New Testament; and Dr. Anna Carter Florence, Peter Marshall Professor of Preaching. Each has expressed interest and need for knowledge and skills development for classroom instruction and online teaching.
“Our first goal is to create an opportunity for dialogue and collaborative peer-coaching among selected faculty members to explore and receive coaching for their classroom instructional practices and online pedagogy design,” said Dr. Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for The Center for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education. “We also want to increase capacity of selected faculty members in effective classroom pedagogy and support faculty members in the application of pedagogical instructional principles in online course design.”
Dr. Galindo will also serve as the project director. He and the participating faculty will share reflections on their practice of teaching and the collaborative experiment experience with all members of Columbia Seminary’s Faculty. Interest for future collaborative experiences will then be solicited.
“Dr. Israel Galindo and Ms. Kris Veldheer, our Instructor of Interactive Teaching, have developed what we are certain will be a significant, fruitful, and highly-needed opportunity for faculty development in classroom and online pedagogies,” said Christine Roy Yoder, Interim Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs in a statement. “Motivated by the vision of President Leanne Van Dyk, and alert to the potential and possibilities afforded by robust and high-quality online education, there is rising interest among our faculty in offering online degree program and certificate options for our students.”
The grant project will run through academic year 2017-2018.
The Wabash Center supports teachers of religion and theology in higher education through meetings and workshops, grants, consultants, a journal and other resources to make accessible the scholarship of teaching and learning. All Wabash Center programs are funded by Lilly Endowment Inc.
Columbia Theological Seminary is “cultivating faithful leaders for God’s changing world.” As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Columbia Seminary is a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Columbia offers six graduate degree programs and up to 60 courses and events each year as a resource for church professionals and lay people through The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL). The CLL also offers four certificate programs including training spiritual directors, two scholars programs, and a post-graduate Pastoral Excellence Program that is focused on clergy leadership development. Over 700 persons attended CLL’s programs last year. For more information, please visit www.CTSnet.edu.
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