Distance Learning Tips

Online seminary courses provide a convenient and accessible form of seminary education at a distance.  Benefits include the ability to work at your own pace, learn in your most suitable environment, and maintain your current relationships and current lifestyle without having to relocate.  Christian distance education online also requires the same commitment and work ethic that is expected in any classroom.  Theological education as a Global Education student is a manageable and profitable undertaking if you follow some simple advice.

Plan ahead - Its always a good idea to plan ahead when submitting assignments or taking exams. Be sure to line up a proctor for your exams ahead of time. Make sure your computer, tablet, or mobile device is up to the task before you begin your course. Remember your course end date and schedule your coursework accordingly.

Stay in touch - We know that many students who are involved in distance learning have busy lives. Many are working full-time, involved in church, and have families. If something comes up that hinders the distance learning process, don't hesitate to reach out to Student Services.

Connect with fellow students - The learning management system, Canvas, has several discussion forums. Connecting with fellow students in the Student to Student forums is a great way to share ideas, distance learning tips, and to get to know other seminary students from all walks of life.

Read everything - There is a lot of important information to take in once you sign up for a course. In order to get the most out of your distance learning experience, be sure to read all emails, attached documents, course syllabi, and information in Canvas. We have tried to present everything as clearly and succinctly as possible, but if you have further questions please contact Student Services.

Interact with the professor of record - Each course has a professor of record who grades papers and interacts with students. They are more than happy to answer questions and help students as they are able. Also remember that each course has a teaching assistant (TA), and you can ask the TA about your grades, assignment details, or anything else you think they might be able to help with.

Ask questions - If you are having an issue with any portion of your course, don't hesitate to reach out and ask for help. Your professor and TA can help with more specific questions related to your course material, but if you run into something else you need help with, contact Student Services.