Relevant Delivery Models
Volume 7 | Issue 2 | Summer 2011
Relevant Delivery Models
In 2000 Cincinnati Christian University began developing a growing number of interactive online courses. Today over 300 students (nearly 25% of our population) take at least one online course each year. These courses utilize various combinations of audio-visual presentations, reading and reflection assignments, online discussions with the instructor and students, quizzes, research papers, and other learning activities to engage students in the course material and its application.
CCU recognizes that its current online offerings do not go far enough to provide relevant training for current and potential students. Suzanne Faber was recently appointed Director of Distance Education Development and tasked with expanding CCU’s online course offerings. The College of Adult Learning is working with her to develop several fully online degrees. This will allow students to study with us who cannot make it to campus for the current one-night-per-week format.
The Seminary is endeavoring to receive accrediting association approval for a new Master of Arts Religion (MAR) Hybrid program. This program, if approved, will allow students to complete three courses in one semester by coming to campus for only one week. One class will be completely online while the other two use the hybrid format, which blends classroom and online learning. Whether the MAR Hybrid program is approved or not, the hybrid course format is available for students this fall through two courses: Spiritual Formation by Dr. Bill Weber on September 27-28 and The Church by Dr. Johnny Pressley on September 29-30.
“It’s exciting to see CCU faculty creatively use online learning tools to transform and enhance student learning,” says Suzanne. CCU’s online learning platform (Moodle) is used more for on-campus courses than for online courses. Teachers regularly use online quizzes, discussions, or other features to engage students in the content outside of class and then devote more time to discussion in class.
Online learning will never totally replace face-to-face instruction. Used carefully and creatively, though, it will expand CCU’s ability to provide its relevant education to current and potential students. Aaron Burgess observes, ” Online education will drastically change higher education in the next 10 years, and it will change CCU.”
by Paul Pennington