Around the world, education programs have had to shift online due to coronavirus-related restrictions. Teachers and students traded classrooms and in-person lectures for video calls and email threads.
The Program for Theological Education by Extension (PTEE) was no different. At first, it seems like they should have an advantage. After all, they’ve been holding eLearning courses for three years now, and most of their students do their studying at home.
Most, but not all. A crucial part of PTEE’s system relies on face-to-face discussions. Students do their learning at home, then bring questions and conversation into group sessions in person. Thanks to COVID-19, they’ve now moved even these discussions into a digital environment.
But rather than hinder their work, the pandemic has actually caused increased interest in PTEE’s programming. Because of their experience in online learning, they’re well-equipped for the transition.
“Typically, most of our classes… have had a lot of success and fun in doing Zoom conferencing using their mobile phone device,” says Rick Weymouth of PTEE.
This has sparked great interest in PTEE’s mobile learning programming. PTEE defines eLearning as the use of computers or laptops for online learning; mobile learning relies on mobile phones. It’s the latter that’s drawing new attention
As interest continues to grow, “it’s putting a lot of pressure on us as the development team to roll out these courses faster, to try to train tutors for online learning faster, and it’s putting our team under a lot of pressure, but it’s a good thing.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Alex Anhalt
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for students, teachers, and tutors transitioning to eLearning.
- Ask Him to work through PTEE’s work with continued effectiveness.
- Thank God for the increased interested in PTEE programming.