Monday, February 4, 2019

I have a great appreciation for In Trust, which aims to strengthen theological schools by connecting leaders to essential resources for mission vitality. Sharing of ideas is an important part of continued development, both individually and institutionally. I was particularly pleased, though, to see the “Mastering digital teaching tools” article by Patricia Paddey in the New Year 2019 issue of In Trust magazine.
 
In the article, three members of our community are specifically named for their work in digital learning: the Rev. Keith Anderson, a Lutheran minister serving as associate for digital content in Lifelong Learning. The article highlighted his participation in eFormation for the past eight years and his recent completion of the certificate programs, Fundamentals of Online Teaching for Theological Educators and Designing Digital Teaching and Learning for Theological Educators. The article also noted Sarah Stonesifer, manager of operations and digital missioner, as the current leader of the eFormation program. Finally, it lifts up the Rev. Stacy Williams-Duncan, interim director of digital learning at VTS. It recognizes that she was the driving force behind customizing the University of Wisconsin’s Fundamentals of Online Teaching course for theological educators.
 
One of my favorite quotes from the article was from Stacy, “Digital learning is about all 21st-century learning…So even if you have a completely residential course, in which students come into your classroom every day for a lecture, you should still be utilizing digital tools and resources. To not utilize them would be like not using the printed Bible, post-Gutenberg.”

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President
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