The live conference was held Wednesday, May 20. A link to the recording will be posted on the TTEG Web site: - and we'll send a notice to all registrants when the recording is available for viewing. Following are threads for all of the questions posed during the conference; presenter Greg Bourgond only had a limited amount of time to answer a few questions during the live session. I'm also attaching the list as a Word document. Please feel free to contribute your responses!

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First posted question: Can human interface be accomplished through technology for example live video chat or does this have to be face to face (FTF)?
Second posted question: Maybe you will get to this, but I think Stephen Kemp's research on "Situated Learning" is a key to formation. He showed that making use of the primary social (I believe he means mainly f2f) networks can be a powerful way of promoting formation. Comments?
Third posted question: Most of us attendees agree with your assumptions. The vast majority of the tenured ATS faculty, i.e., the decision-makers, would disagree with many. What tools can we use to reach an appropriate, transformational consensus?
From my experience with ATS we are going to have to see a change in leadership at the levels where decisions are made regarding DE standards. At the moment the vast majority of those in such positions are resistant to DE inroads into campus based theological education and the vast majority in such positions have no experience with DE in any form and certaintly not in administering a DE program. There are special task forces and study groups where DE expertise is evident but these folks only make recommendations to those who make final decisions. Until decision-making leadership changes at ATS we will continue to meet resistance and try to make our case with those already pre-disposed against our views on DE in theological education. I'm not optimistic about consensus until those of us involved in DE at ATS schools are included in the decision making about standards relevant to DE not just in consultation about the standards.
This is certainly true, but more professors need to try DE and assess its value for themselves. I think it is important that "early adopters" encourage their colleagues to add at least some online component to each course they teach.
Are there other forces at work besides resistant profs, such as traditional approaches to recruitment, library, territory, etc.? It seems to me that the less place-bound students are, the more competitive we have to be to provide good quality DE. The easier route to take for flagship (or old-guard) ATS schools would be to keep things the way the are, right?

I'm curious how you guys see this, but please don't be offended by my musing. :)

Tim W.
Fourth posted question: Are there examples or best practices for the learning/formation plans Bethel requires for students? Guidelines for the students' definition of "success" in personal and spiritual growth.
Fifth posted question: These helpful suggestions by Roger White are excellent. Are there any other suggestions you would add or focus on in the process of spiritual formation?
Sixth posted question: What is course threading?
Seventh posted question: How do I keep up with all the social networks? I'm on Twitter just to figure it out, but I still don't quite understand the point.
Eighth posted question: What are ways in which Bethel (or others) are evaluating the process and outcomes of virtual formation activities? In addition, Relating to our previous does grading and individual student performance academically come into play?
Ninth posted question: How do you balance the informal writing opportunities designed to facilitate or encourage spiritual formation with the formal writing opportunities that develop critical thinking and wring skills?


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