The Christian Ethos and E-Learning

Shauna E. Tonkin

Shauna E. Tonkin considers how time-honored methods of teaching and learning are being challenged by new concepts of instruction emphasizing student needs. The use of Internetbased education, or e-learning, is a relatively new concept that is taking an increasingly central role in higher education. E-learning introduces philosophical and procedural differences in the teaching process that may seem at odds with the purpose of Christ-centered education. Although our understanding of e-learning is incomplete, the Internet can be a viable means of delivering instruction. This paper outlines a basic framework for creating and delivering online instruction in a manner compatible with our Christian values and perspectives. Ms. Tonkin is Dean of the Center for Professional Studies at Regent University.

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