This course being offered in Fall 2013 will be a Blended Learning Course, and will employ a combination of live teaching and online tools. The use of these techniques will enhance the learning experience by responding to a variety of learning styles. Students will enter into an intensive shared experience of information gathering, followed by four weeks of reflective conversation for integration of the learning into their lives and work.
Live teaching will take place with the instructor and student participants together in a room at Northway Christian Church in Dallas on the Friday evening and all day Saturday as indicated. Here students will listen to lectures, participate in hands on interactive elements, and have time for personal reflection. They will come away from the weekend with a notebook filled with information, and the beginnings of their own reflections on their new learning.
Virtual components will revolve around “Community-Based Learning” where course participants will join together with the instructor in an online learning community. Here they will meet together in a virtual classroom to receive additional course content modules via audio-graphic presentation, followed by group chat via text and voice. Students will also be reading and responding to posts by the instructor and their fellow classmates in the private Community Forum dedicated to the course. This will serve as an additional opportunity for interaction between participants, further deepening reflection and integration of material into concrete practice. Students will also then have this as a resource that is open for 60 days after the last live session in order to provide a place they can return to refresh their learning and pursue further study.