The online CCS: Would you like to take the Course in Christian Studies, but your job or your personal time-table makes a weekly meeting difficult? Or do you prefer to learn online, and want to be able to study at the times which suit you? The online CCS will take you through the same material as the face to face version – the Bible, prayer and sacraments, church history, ethics and doctrine and our part in God’s mission and the assessments – which are optional – are the same. This will be available from September 2017.
The on-line version has elements such as teaching, discussion, thought-showering and worship happening on-line using tools such as forums, wikis, quizzes, questionnaires and multimedia learning and worship materials. You will ‘journey’ through each week’s ideas with a facilitator and a group of a dozen or more learners, learning from teaching material, from each other, from the facilitator, from your own developing inner resources – and, we pray, the Holy Spirit.
As a guide, three to five hours a week would allow you to do justice to the material, and you will be encouraged to log on to the website every other day (to participate fully in ongoing forum discussions and other interactions with fellow learners). The great thing is that how and when you log on is down to you. The on-line material aims to be tablet- and smartphone-friendly, so if you commute, you can learn as you go.
The first four units of the CCS must be completed before others are taken, but after that it may be possible to choose individual units, so long as a group of learners can be formed. A certificate will be presented on completion of all the units.
The cost of the online CCS is £100 for 6 units, or £20 a unit.
If you are interested, you can have a look at some of the material for this autumn’s pilot. To do this, go to chelmsford.cofelearning.org. Enter the username ccsguest and Feb17-trial as password. Then follow the link to the Sample course; the guest entry password is diochelm.
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