Former M.Div. student and VTS Adjunct Instructor, Kyle Oliver, has just had an article published in the Wiley Online Library in Teaching Theology and Religion. It is about his experience teaching Digital Media for Ministry (now titled Digital Literacies for Ministry) at the Seminary. The piece on “Networked religion meets digital geographies: Pedagogical principles for exploring new spaces and roles in the seminary classroom” interprets Heidi Campbell’s “networked religion” framework in light of new theories of literacy studies. Kyle examines some of the teaching practices from the VTS course and demonstrates why this mode of instruction matters for students. In his article, he elaborates on principles for implementing this approach more widely.
Currently located in San Francisco, Kyle is pursuing doctoral studies in educational media at Teachers College, Columbia University. His website, Creative Commons Prayer, provides multimedia prayer prompts to use and remix and is freely available. It includes music selections, prayers, and other related media. He also publishes a Learning, Faith and Media newsletter that provides ideas from cutting edge educational research and communication best practices to be used in communicating the faith.
Kyle has made the most of digital availability—using platforms ranging from Facebook to WordPress to Pinterest. Stop by his about.me page online to catch up with everything he’s doing, and you will probably learn a thing or two along the way.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President