From the Executive Director

Dear Friends and Colleagues,


Greetings to you all! 


I am pleased to present to you WETIA’s first newsletter. This will be the first of many newsletters to come that we hope to publish on a quarterly basis.


Each newsletter is designed to bring you the latest news and upcoming activities for WETIA, as well as provide resources, advice, and useful articles on education technology. 


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

Workshop on Education Technology at CETA

In March 2013, WETIA attended the Caribbean Evangelical Theological Association (CETA) conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico to offer a workshop on Education Technology presented by Executive Director Walker Tzeng.


Workshop attendees included presidents, academic deans, and faculty members from evangelical institutions around the Caribbean who were in attendance for the CETA conference.


The education technology workshops are designed to introduce schools the basics of online education and technology tools.


The workshop also guides schools on how to get started in online education with free and low-cost, available tools. 


WETIA launches Twitter Feed

In April, WETIA launched its official Twitter feed.  The primary purpose of the new twitter feed is to provide the latest relevant news in education technology.  In addition, WETIA will make announcements and resources, as they come available through the Twitter feed.


Twitter is free to sign up, follow us here: https://twitter.com/wetia_edu


OpenClass Preview Pearson’s CITE conference

Executive Director, Walker Tzeng, recently attended the CITE conference sponsored by the education company Pearson, to get the latest education technology resources for WETIA’s workshops and consultations it provides to its network institutions. 


In addition, WETIA got a preview of Pearson’s new OpenClass online learning management system which will be available free to institutions and includes a variety of classroom, mobile, and social learning tools. Currently in BETA testing, institutions can sign up to try out or just get the latest updates by visiting their website: http://www.openclass.com/open/home/index

Upcoming from WETIA

  • WETIA will be hosting an education workshop at the Asia Theological Association (ATA) conference in Jakarta, Indonesia from August 12-16, 2013.  The workshop is entitled “Using Technology to Communicate Contemporarily”.  For more information on the ATA conference, please visit: http://www.ataasia.com/
  • Walker Tzeng will be teaching two units on education technology for the M.A. in Theological Education (MATE) program hosted by the European Evangelical Accrediting Association and the London School of Theology.  The education technology units are slated to be launched in Fall of 2013.  For more information on the MATE program, click here.
  • As a global partner of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), WETIA will be attending a meeting of WEA’s International Leadership Forum in October. The focus of the meeting will be preparing for WEA’s upcoming General Assembly to be held in Seoul, Korea from October 18-27, 2014. 

Education Technology News

Below are links to relevant news articles on education technology that we feel may be helpful to your institution.  These are just a sampling of articles from past 3 months. Many more can be found on WETIA’s twitter feed. Click on the titles below to view the entire article on the news agency’s website.


Why MOOCs are Good for Teacher Professional Development!

The Minds Behind The MOOCs

Georgia Tech and Udacity Roll Out Massive New Low Cost Degree Program

Opinion: e-Learning through public-private partnerships

2013 Trends in Online Learning Virtual, Blended and Flipped Classrooms

The Imminent Shakeout? Disruptive Innovation and Higher Education

2013 e-Learning Revolution Infographic

Best Practices: Tips for Improving Your Online Courses in 2013

 

Tips and Advice

  • Want to train a faculty member quickly and cost-effectively on how to teach an online course? Have them take an online course as a student for a free through one of many MOOCs providers like Coursera, Udacity, EdX, and Udemy.
  • Spice up your on-campus class by incorporating a live poll of your students using Poll Everywhere, where students can text in their votes and see classroom results in real-time.  Poll Everywhere has mobile support around the world, for more information visit: http://www.polleverywhere.com/international
  • Google Hangout allows you to have a live video discussion with up to 10 people for free. Google Hangout requires a Google+ account and can be streamed via YouTube so that even more people can participate.  For more information visit: http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/

Resources

  • TheologicalEducation.net is a free resource center and forum sponsored by Overseas Council International and the EEAA, and web-hosted by WETIA.
  • Check out the new Digital Public Library of America, a free online library: http://dp.la/
  • An online video replay of WETIA’s Education Technology workshop at the ICETE Nairobi consultation in November 2012 is available at: https://vimeo.com/60703023 (password: theology)
  • 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.