ERIC Number: EJ1057029
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
A Teaching Strategy for a Christian Virtual Environment
Babyak, Andrew T.
Journal of Research on Christian Education, v24 n1 p63-77 2015
The current landscape in education is changing rapidly as online learning programs are experiencing great growth. As online learning grows, many professors and students are entering into new learning environments for the first time. While online learning has proven to be successful in many cases, it is not a journey upon which Christian professors or students should begin without some preparation. This article articulates a basic Christian teaching strategy by providing recommendations for those who are entering the online environment for the first time or desire to improve their online teaching effectiveness. These principles and recommendations are presented so that Christian professors can create Christian virtual environments in which they can have a significant impact on their students' spiritual development in an online environment. It is critical that professors design their courses with the needs of online students in mind, ensuring that students of all learning styles are able to excel. Furthermore, professors should understand that online teaching often takes more time than traditional methods of teaching, increasing the importance of clear instructions and communication with students.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Christianity, Religious Education, Online Courses, Instructional Effectiveness, Computer Simulation, Spiritual Development, Cognitive Style, College Faculty, Teacher Student Relationship, College Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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