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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