What is a MOOC?
“MOOC” is an acronym for Massive Open Online Course and it is a 100% free online, college-level course that is open to virtually anyone with internet access. Many well-known universities (MIT, Harvard, Duke and Stanford to name a few) offer some of their course content to the general public, but very few Christian colleges have warmed up to the idea.
Dale Lemke, Chair of the Crown Online Christian Ministry Department, saw an opportunity.
“During an era when biblical literacy has sometimes taken a back seat, we want to be a voice for understanding the Word of God and its implications for life,” says Lemke. “We want to use the tools that God has given us to promote a pursuit of God and a knowledge of His Word.”
“We designed this MOOC to facilitate transformational conversations and a serious study of New Testament history,” continues Lemke. “In this digital age, we have seen how the power of online learning can lead to life transformation and we believe that it can be used to make disciples to the ends of the earth.”
“Understanding the New Testament”
Crown’s seven-week MOOC is a course titled “Understanding the New Testament”, and is designed to allow participants to master the critical concepts and history of the New Testament. The course can be completed by individuals, but group participation (bible study, church members, pastoral staff, ministry teams, etc.) is also encouraged.
Title: Understanding the New Testament
Course Dates: July 8–August 25, 2013
What will the course look like?
This is a seven week course that looks very similar to an online college course, but it is based on a learning mastery model. To make the most of the course, you should read the New Testament, read the course textbook, watch the video clips, engage in the weekly online discussions, complete the small group assignments, and take four learning mastery quizzes which are designed to help you master more than 120 pieces of critical information related to the content and history of the New Testament.
What will I need for the course?
While the course is free and open to all, participants will need: a computer with access to the internet, any version of the Bible, The New Testament in Antiquity by Gary Burge, et al., and a desire to expand your learning about the New Testament through online learning. To get the most out of this course, you should anticipate spending approximately 10 hours per week in reading, discussion, and collaborative learning.
To Register for the Crown Online MOOC
Registration is free and easy! Click the button below and select “Self Enroll in this Course”.
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