Promoting Spiritual Formation in Distance Education

From: Volume 3, Issue 2: Fall 2006 Pages 303-315


For many in Christian higher education, modeling Christ-likeness in the classroom is considered a primary means and evidence of integrating faith and learning. But when the face-to-face relational dimension is removed in an Internet-based course, how will Christian distinctives be realized? This paper considers issues related to personally connecting with students in online course environments and facilitating faith development by promoting the affective and relational dimensions of distance education instruction. Although Christ and computer at first seem incompatible, spiritual formation can be nurtured in distance education through the creative ways in which faculty and students interact.



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