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 workshop in Germany, development on a new education technology platform, 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

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.    


E-Learning Platform Development

WETIA is sponsoring beta-test trials of a new education technology platform designed to be an easy way for schools to start with education technology. Several institutions have already begun trialing the new platform.

Schools, professors, and ministry training programs interested in more information should contact Dr. Walker Tzeng at wtzeng@wetia.org

A further detailed announcement about the platform launch will be forthcoming to WETIA’s e-mail list after initial beta-trials. 


Upcoming from WETIA

  • 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. 
  • The ICETE Consultation will be held from November 6-11, 2014 in Antalya, Turkey where WETIA will be hosting an education technology workshop.  WETIA is an associate member of ICETE, partnering in numerous technology endeavors for theological schools.  For more information about ICETE, please visit their website: http://icete-edu.org

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.
  • Get the latest in Education Technology news by following WETIA on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/wetia_edu
  • 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.