Online and Hybrid Classes
Saint Paul School of Theology will be going online beginning Fall 2016. Students can take up to eight courses in their first two years online. Online courses may meet face-to-face on the first and last day of the semester only. Courses to which this apply are noted below.
1) Fall 2016: HBS 301 (Aug 25-Dec 15, 8-11 a.m.) and HST 301 (Aug 25-Dec 15, 1:00-4:00 p.m.)
2) Spring 2017: HST 302 and THL 301
3) Fall 2017: EVN 3** and ETH 301
4) Spring 2018: CRE *** and NTS 301
In Fall 2018 the rotation would repeat.
There are also several hybrid courses available. Saint Paul faculty have been teaching hybrid courses since 2007. A hybrid course (also called blended course) is one that includes some traditional sessions meeting face-to-face and some sessions that meet online.
Will online and hybrid courses save me time and mileage?
Yes. We looked at student needs and realized that our adult learners hoped to reduce their commutes. When students are primarily adult commuters, online and hybrid learning can assist in making seminary more accessible. Our faculty have gone through extensive learning about how to recreate the learning environment using technology through a grant from the Missouri United Methodist Foundation. They did so with the primary mission in mind: high quality theological education that equips students for diverse ministries and vocations.
The faculty have created a specific rotation of online courses. They have further reduced the commute of students by creating the hybrid courses in a way so that you can expect 5 face-to-face classes and 10 online classes for hybrid learning.
Will online classes cost me more per credit hour?
No. The costs for online and face-to-face classes are the same per credit hour.
Will classes be synchronous or asynchronous?
Classes will be asynchronous. Faculty will inform students well in advance if there will be any synchronous class times.
Synchronous online classes are those that require students and instructors to be online at the same time. Lectures, discussions, and presentations occur at a specific hour. All students must be online at that specific hour in order to participate.
Asynchronous learning means online courses that you can take on your own schedule. Instructors provide materials, lectures, tests, and assignments that can be accessed at any time. Students may be given a timeframe – usually a one week window – during which they need to connect at least once or twice. But overall, students are free to contribute whenever they choose.
Do I have to take a specific class online or is it also offered face-to-face?
If a class is listed as an online class then all students need to take the class online. You may want to wait until the next term that the class is offered because the same course rotates between online instruction and traditional face-to-face classroom instruction.
Will I still get the same quality instruction?
Yes. The Saint Paul faculty is committed to the best teaching possible in service of preparing and equipping students for diverse calls, vocations, and ministries. Whenever online teaching helps to meet this overarching goal, the faculty is interested. When we give students experience with social media, course management systems, web resources, digitized presentations, and other online experiences; students are better prepared to use these activities imaginatively in ministry and in collaboration with professional colleagues.