From the Executive Director

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Greetings, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

WETIA is pleased to present this issue of our newsletter. In this issue, you’ll find out more about WETIA’s participation at the WEA International Leadership Forum, workshop at ICETE, development on EdBrite, news from around education technology, and much more.

Our goal is to serve the evangelical theological education community and your institutions.  We encourage feedback and contribution, so please feel free to contact me if there is anything you want to see in the next newsletter.

May God’s grace be with you all and your institutions!

Walker Tzeng,
Executive Director

WETIA News

WETIA Participates 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.


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.


E-Learning Platform Development

The past several months have been a period of rapid change for the EdBrite platform.  Numerous theological institutions have begun using EdBrite’s SIS and LMS features in their institutions.  In addition, EdBrite has made several key upgrades.

These upgrades include:
Modules – Instructors can now launch courses in two different formats including EdBrite’s basic format where all the features appear on the side.  In addition, EdBrite’s “Module Format” is similar to Moodle, whereby components like Discussions, Videos, Quizzes for a particular lesson appear in a self-contained module that can be released automatically by date.

Rubrics – EdBrite allows Instructors to dynamically create Rubrics for student submissions.  These rubrics are automatically graded and final submission grades can automatically be posted to the Courses’ gradebook.

Finance – A new finance section has been launched in EdBrite’s administrative/student database system.  The finance section allows administrators to invoice students and post instructions for student payments.

EdBrite is continually developing its features.  Schools interested in EdBrite can signup for a free trial at: http://www.edbrite.com


Upcoming from WETIA

  • The ATA General Assembly will be held from July 25-29 in Seoul, Korea where WETIA will be hosting an education technology workshop.  The workshop will focus on introducing education technology, specifically online/blended education and student database systems.  For more information about ATA, please visit their website: http://www.ataasia.com/
  • WETIA is seeking partnerships with ministries offering free online courses.  The goal is to put these free online courses into a repository so that schools can access these courses via our online education platform – EdBrite. 
  • WETIA has completed development of a 2-day education technology workshop program designed to introduce, demonstrate, train, and strategize about E-Learning and the use of technology in theological institutions.  Regional representatives interested in co-hosting this workshop with WETIA should contact us to get more details. 

Tips and Advice

  • Turn your paper-quiz into an online quiz by using surveymonkey.com for free. Survey Monkey can also be used to assess your course after completion.
  • Make a video of your PowerPoint narration quickly in just a few easy steps. To do this, slick on the “Slide Show” tab, record your narration, then go to File->Save&Send to create a video. Click here to see a YouTube video demonstrating this.
  • Class websites are a good way to keep your on-campus students connected with your course when they are off-campus. Not only that, former students and alumni may want to use your course resources for their own ministries later on.

Resources

  • TheologicalEducation.Net is  a free resource centre and a forum on evangelical theological education sponsored by OCI and EEAA, and technology platform developed by WETIA. 
  • The Theological Research Exchange Network (TREN) is a library of over 21,474 theological thesis/dissertation titles representing research from as many as 139 different institutions.
  • WETIA always offers free education technology consultation to institutions via e-mail, skype, or phone.  For more information, please write to info@wetia.org

About WETIA

WETIA stands for World Evangelical Theological Institute Association. We are a nonprofit service and research organization supporting the world’s evangelical theological colleges and seminaries with new technologies that keep them relevant and vital.
Through the generosity of private donors, foundations, and corporations, WETIA is able to accomplish our broad mission of helping these organizations maximize the full potential of e-learning. WETIA is an associate member of the International Council for Evangelical Theological Association and a global partner of the World Evangelical Alliance.