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Dr. Walker Tzeng Publishes Chapter on Technology and Theology

Dr. Walker Tzeng, Executive Director of WETIA has published a chapter entitled “A Biblical-Theological Approach to Transforming Technology.” The chapter on technology and theology is part of a larger book by multiple authors on developing a mega-strategy for evangelism.

The full book is entitled, “Halfway Up the Mountain: Restoring God's Purpose in this Chaotic World.” The book is edited by Dr. Mark Wagner and Dr. William Wagner.

In his chapter, Dr. Tzeng writes about three areas needed by Christians to overcome the “mountain” of technology. They include the use of technology in evangelism, distinguishing truth in an information age, and developing a Biblical-Kingdom worldview for Christians in technology.

“History has shown that the work of God’s Kingdom has advanced as Christians have utilized whatever technology is available for evangelism,” writes Dr. Tzeng.

A copy of Dr. Tzeng chapter on technology and theology is available for free download here: Click Here

Posted: October 14, 2020

Free EdBrite Offer at ICETE Academy

WETIA continues to sponsor EdBrite, a simple affordable LMS and SIS geared towards theological institutions in the majority world. WETIA sponsors monthly fees on the platform for schools just starting out and needing only 25 users. However, this free offer still requires a $150 set up fee.

Now, in partnership with ICETE Academy, the $150 set up fee is being waived for those students who complete the special EdBrite course at ICETE Academy called, “Introducing EdBrite”. This allows EdBrite to be completely free for schools under 25 users.

The online course is only available to ICETE Academy students, so those interested in this free offer need to first sign up with ICETE Academy, then complete the EdBrite course. The special course is taught by WETIA Executive Director and Creator of EdBrite, Dr. Walker Tzeng.

Signup for ICETE Academy here:

Schools interested in EdBrite can find more information here:

Posted: June 11, 2020

WETIA Hosts Workshop on Social Media and Theological Education

The World Evangelical Theological Institute Association (WETIA) hosted an online workshop entitled “The Social Media Influencer Economy and Theological Education”. The workshop was presented by Dr. Walker Tzeng, Executive Director of WETIA.

The event was hosted by the Aqueduct Project, at the invitation of Dr. Jonathan Armstrong. The workshop covered the current state of the social media influencer economy and its potential use in the future of theological education.

“The rapidly maturing social media influencer economy has created a wide range of million dollar social media juggernauts and niche influencers making full time living with small audience bases,” Dr. Tzeng said, “We can learn a lot from these influencers, how they systematically build their audiences with viral content and then monetize their audience with a variety of strategies."

An online replay of the workshop is available here:

To find out more information about the Aqueduct Project, please visit their website here:

Schools interested in hosting workshops led by WETIA are encouraged to contact WETIA for opportunities.

Posted: August 1, 2019

WETIA Hosts Workshop on Disruptive Innovation and Accreditation

The World Evangelical Theological Institute Association (WETIA) hosted a workshop on Disruptive Innovation & Accreditation in Christian Higher Education for the Majority World. The workshop was co-presented by Dr. Walker Tzeng (WETIA Executive Director) and Dr. Andrew Sears (President of City Vision University). The workshop was held in Panama City, Panama at the triennial ICETE Consultation in November 2018.

This workshop covered the need for new systems for Christian education based around the majority world. It then explored models of alternative accreditation and transnational education that could help form the basis of this new system.

The workshop also highlighted WETIA’s sponsored E-Learning and SIS platform EdBrite and its benefits for theological schools.

An online replay of the workshop is available on the Christian Higher Education Innovation Alliance (CHEIA) website, along with other workshops, such as WETIA’s Introduction to Education Technology workshop. Here is a link:

Schools interested in hosting workshops led by WETIA in the area of accreditation and technology, should use WETIA’s contact form: Click Here

Posted: December 2, 2018

WETIA Hosts Accreditation and Technology Workshop

The World Evangelical Theological Institute Association (WETIA) held its first ever workshop on joint topics of accreditation and education technology. Led by Executive Director Dr. Walker Tzeng, the workshop gathered approximately 25 leaders in higher education across Asia.

The first two days of the conference started with an introduction to education technology and how it can be used both in a blended classroom environment, as well as an online environment. Small group discussions brought schools together to brainstorm how this might apply for individual institutions. Dr. Tzeng also highlighted WETIA sponsored E-Learning and SIS platform EdBrite, which some of the institutions were already beginning to use.

The final two days of the conference focused on topics of accreditation. This included an introduction of the accreditation process, standards for accreditation, and the accreditation landscape in the United States. Key areas of discussion included accreditation standards for mission/vision, curriculum, library, and administration.

Schools interested in hosting workshops led by WETIA in the area of accreditation and technology, should use WETIA’s contact form: Click Here

Posted: August 1, 2017

WETIA Participate in WEA ILF in Seoul, Korea

The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) hosted its International Leadership Forum (ILF) in Seoul, Korea from February 29 through March 4, 2016.  The ILF consists of representatives from regional alliances, commissions, initiatives, task forces, and global partners of WEA.  Representing the World Evangelical Theological Institute Association (WETIA) was Executive Director Dr. Walker Tzeng. 

Through the 5-day conference, participants focused on the theme of ‘Partners in the Gospel: Building His Church’, taken from Paul’s letter to the Philippians, where he writes: “In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Chapter 4, verses 4-6, NIV)

Throughout the conference were reports on ministry activities from around the world as well as table group discussion on relevant topics affecting evangelicals around the world.  In addition, the location of the conference in Korea allowed participants to visit and pray at the DMZ where they witnessed first-hand the tension that has existed in the country for many decades.

In addition, Dr. Tzeng was able to interact with numerous representatives from theological institutions and educational initiatives from around the world in the context of education technology.   

Posted: March 15, 2016

WETIA Education Technology Workshop at ICETE 2015

The International Council for Evangelical Theological Education held its triennial consultation in Antalya, Turkey from November 6-11, 2015. WETIA Executive Director Dr. Walker Tzeng was in attendance presenting two workshops on education technology to participating institutions.

The workshop focused on introducing technology tools into both on-campus classroom activities and a variety of platforms to begin online education. Among the platforms presented was WETIA’s own learning management and student database system – EdBrite.

WETIA has participated in the past four ICETE consultations, starting in Chang Mai in 2006. This consultation was by far the most well attended with hundreds of participants for evangelical theological seminaries around the world.

Posted: November 18, 2015

Education Technology Workshop in Germany

WETIA hosted an education technology workshop at the KBA conference of German bible schools and seminaries held November 20-21, 2014. Schools from across Germany and Europe attended the workshop to learn about incorporating technology into their curriculum. Workshop facilitator Dr. Walker Tzeng also advised schools on initial steps to take towards teaching blended and online education.

While in Europe, Dr. Tzeng also visited numerous seminaries, mission organizations, and ministries to interact with institutional officials on education technology needs throughout Germany and Europe. Further plans are forthcoming for WETIA to host its own 2-day education technology workshop designed for faculty training and institutional support.

Dr. Tzeng’s visit throughout Germany and Europe was planned and hosted in part by Dr. Mark Wagner, a long-time missionary in Europe and head of Release e.V. ministry. WETIA extends its heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Wagner for his hospitality. 

Posted: November 28, 2014

WETIA Hosts Two-Day Workshop with AGST

WETIA hosted a two-day workshop on Education Technology with the Asia Graduate School of Theology (AGST) last week.  Over 30 attendants gathered from approximately 15 theological schools from around South East Asia at the Christian Council of Malaysia offices in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Facilitated by WETIA Executive Director Dr. Walker Tzeng, the workshops focused on introducing schools to the usage and availability of education technology.  Attendants gathered in small groups to discuss practical applications of technology in their schools both for blended and flipped classroom learning, as well as possibilities for offering courses online.
In addition, Dr. Tzeng facilitated hands-on demonstrations for various education technology tools and provided time for questions and answers of the attendants. 

Towards the end of the workshop, attendants discussed practical next-step to take in order to progress towards using more education technology in their respective institutions. 

The workshop was the first of its kind hosted by WETIA, with future workshops possibly available in different parts of the world. 

Posted: June 12, 2014

CITE Conference: Maturing Trends in Online Education

Last week, CITE held its 15th annual online learning event bringing together representatives from higher education to share in a broad range of topics in online education. WETIA attended the conference in order to get updated information and resources in the field.

Among the keynote speakers was Sir Ken Robinson, an internationally recognized leader in education, famous for his talks at the prestigious TED Conference. Robinson encouraged conference attendees with the potential that education technology has as an agent of change for a new generation.

The conference also had a distinguished speakers workshop track which included Dr. Jeff Seaman, a researcher and co-director of the Babson Survey Research Group which annually publishes a survey of online education trends in the U.S. (click here). This year’s survey showed a number of maturing trends in online education compared to explosive growth of previous years.

Workshops throughout the conference showed a number of ways education technology including use of mobile, social media, video, and cloud-based technologies have matured into the standard at many institutions.  Some workshops also showed how gamifications, personalized learning, and adaptive technologies show tremendous potential for the future.

For more information about the CITE conference, sponsored by Pearson, click here.

Posted: April 11, 2014

Education Technology Units Completed

The World Evangelical Theological Institute Association (WETIA) has completed a 2 unit graduate course on education technology in collaboration with the European Evangelical Accrediting Association (EEAA) and the London School of Theology (LST).

The two units are entitled “E-Learning and Web-based Tools” and “Effective E-learning: Limitations, Potentialities, and Challenges”. They cover a variety of topics in education technology, online education, building courses, and future trends in education. Each units cover approximately 12 hours of lectures, activities, and readings. 

Currently enrolled students have been recruited from around the world by the EEAA and LST for their M.A. in Theological Education. Response to the units have been excellent with students writing their own blog responses and interacting with WETIA Executive Director Walker Tzeng on various topics in education technology. 

WETIA agreed to do the courses for EEAA and LST to gain experience in developing its own faculty training module in education technology in the future. 

Posted: February 14, 2014

WETIA at the Christian Leaders Tech Forum

The first ever Christian Leaders Technology Forum sponsored by the Crowell Trust and Maclellan Foundation was held at the Computer History Museum Mountain View, California.  The forum brought together over 100 Christian leaders and Silicon Valley tech specialist to discuss common technology issues facing Christian ministries. 

Representing WETIA was executive director Walker Tzeng, who also participated in a special education technology forum which bought together IT directors from various Christian schools around the United States. 

The conference was extremely fruitful in building connections with other Christian leaders in the field of technology. The forum was the first of its kind and the goal is to gather once a year, including separate gatherings for education technology specialist. 

Posted: December 13, 2013

Education Technology at ATA Conference

WETIA presented its education technology workshop at the triennial General Assembly of the Asia Theological Association (ATA) held in Jakarta, Indonesia from August 12-16, 2013.

The presentation entitled “Using Technology to Communicate Contemporarily” was delivered by WETIA Executive Director Dr. Walker Tzeng.  Held over two days, the presentation attracted nearly 100 attendants of the conference which consisted of representatives from ATA members, of which there are over 200 institutions.

The education technology workshops are designed to introduce schools the basics of online education and technology tools and schools on how to get started in online education with free and low-cost, available tools. 

Following the conference, WETIA will follow up with many of the Asian institutions who expressed a need for further assistance and consultation.

In the past year, WETIA has offered similar workshops for the International Council for Evangelical Theological Association and the Caribbean Evangelical Theological Association.

Posted: August 23, 2013