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FAQ: Residential Requirement for Spring of the First Year

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

What are the residential requirements for the online students during the spring semester of the first year?

  • This will be the online student’s second visit to campus out of a total of three required visits for either of the 48 hour online MA programs. The tentative date for this visit is Sunday, March 8 to Friday, March 13, 2009 (six days total). Class will begin with worship at 8:00 AM on Sunday morning. The location is TBD on or near the campus of Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, IN.
  • The first three days will complete the residential requirements and conclude the 8-week online seminary course that began in January.
  • The second three days will begin the next 8-week online class and complete this course’s residential requirement.
  • This schedule is subject to change but we will let you know just as soon as possible so that you can make the necessary arrangements.

FAQ: Residential Requirement for this Fall

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

What are the residential requirements for the online program beginning this fall?

  • All online students will be required to attend a colloquial gathering here in Winona Lake beginning on Friday, August 29, 2008. Registration will be from 10 AM to 1 PM, and the colloquial meeting will begin at 1 PM and run until 8:30 PM Sunday night August 31.
  • Any online student enrolled in Systematic Theology I will be required to stay for an additional three days to complete the residential requirement for this course. Class will meet here in Winona Lake (location TBD). For the new Fall 2008 colloquy this will be held on Monday, September 1, 2008 from 8:00 AM EDT to noon on Wednesday, September 3. Students will find it convenient to fly into either South Bend or Fort Wayne airports. The next closest major airports are Indianapolis / Chicago (2 1/2 hrs), Columbus, Detroit, and Grand Rapids (all about 3 1/2 hrs away).

11/5/2007 Program Update from Dr. Mark Soto

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Beginning in January of 2008 Grace began offering accredited online seminary courses starting with a pilot in the 48 credit hour MA Local Church Ministry degree. The courses were offered in consecutive 8-week modular format through a web interface.

  • The online program will use an 8 week compressed format offering two courses a semester term and then one in the summer term from May to June. It will be fully online using adult learning techniques involving self-motivated assignments for apprehending the knowledge base and using problems or discussion board questions to engage the material collaboratively. The course material will imbed the content and the instructor will facilitate your finding resource material to continue your study. There will be a project of some type – obviously in 8 weeks not a 25 page paper, and it will be on a topic you choose of interest in the first week. The discussion questions in the first two courses will be taken from a list of topics identified as key to the discipline and the class will pick the ones that are of greatest interest to them to engage.
  • There are no tests or quizzes but students will be responsible for reading. Students will purchase more books so they have resources at home to complete assignments.
  • The first course to be offered in January 2008 will be Systematic Theology II (TH502) and the second course will be History of Doctrine in the Church (TH528) which will replace Survey of Church History (IS515).
  • A summer term will be added in 2009.
  • Students will only be allowed to take one of the 8 week online classes at a time. Other distance ed format classes can be taken at the same time, as well as residential course and modular format classes.
  • Since our online offerings will utilize an online vendor for delivery there will be a technology fee attached to every course of $125.00.
  • Regarding grading, forty (40) percent of the course grade will be based upon the quality of work done on the discussion questions. Forty (40) percent of the course grade will be the presentation/major project. Twenty (20) percent of the course grade will involve doing additional online research and bibliography collection (better known as weblography) and other learning activities as deemed fitting for the material.

If you have any questions about this update please contact me by email:

Dr. Mark Soto
mhsoto@grace.edu
http://gts.grace.edu/about/facultystaff/soto.php

Pilot Program Announcement

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Grace Theological Seminary began offering accredited online seminary courses in January, 2008. During this time Grace began the process of developing all new online course materials for the 48 credit hour for the MA Local Church Ministry degree. This process was later extended to the MA Intercultural Studies program.

The online courses will be offered in consecutive 8-week modular format through a web interface.

  • The online program will use an 8 week compressed format offering two courses a semester term and then one in the summer term from May to June. It will be fully online using adult learning techniques involving self-motivated assignments for apprehending the knowledge base and using problems or discussion board questions to engage the material collaboratively. The course material will imbed the content and the instructor will facilitate your finding resource material to continue your study. There will be a project of some type – obviously in 8 weeks not a 25 page paper, and it will be on a topic you choose of interest in the first week. The discussion questions in the first two courses will be taken from a list of topics identified as key to the discipline and the class will pick the ones that are of greatest interest to them to engage.
  • There are no tests or quizzes but students will be responsible for reading. Students will purchase more books so they have resources at home to complete assignments.
  • The first course to be offered in January 2008 will be Systematic Theology II (TH502) and the second course will be History of Doctrine in the Church (TH528) which will replace Survey of Church History (IS515).
  • A summer term will be added in 2009.
  • Students will only be allowed to take one of the 8 week online classes at a time. Other distance ed format classes can be taken at the same time, as well as residential course and modular format classes.
  • Since our online offerings will utilize an online vendor for delivery there will be a technology fee attached to every course of $125.00.
  • Regarding grading, forty (40) percent of the course grade will be based upon the quality of work done on the discussion questions. Forty (40) percent of the course grade will be the presentation/major project. Twenty (20) percent of the course grade will involve doing additional online research and bibliography collection (better known as weblography) and other learning activities as deemed fitting for the material.

If you have any questions about this update please contact me by email:

Dr. Mark Soto
mhsoto@grace.edu
http://gts.grace.edu/about/facultystaff/soto.php