Wednesday, July 31, 2013
how to pass theology
I kicked off Introduction to Christian Thought, a Semester 2 class today. Rather than the usual lecture mode, I suggested a more interactive, communal journey, in which I functioned not as the dispenser of knowledge, but as a guide in the communal doing of theology.
I offered them the following proposal:
- all content is online or in the library (alone we will read)
- theology is best done in community (together we will talk, laugh, disagree, grow over what we read)
- we will do theology not hear theology (together we will work on what concerns us and our world)
Or practically, in terms of our time (3 hours a week), a format as follows:
- 30 min catch up/ theological ‘show and tell’ from the week.
- 60 min ‘Doing Theology’ in-class project in small groups, with answer recorded on Moodle ‘wikispace’ for further interaction.
- coffee break
- 60 min Q&A based on the Moodle site readings/activities/resources. Students are expected to come to class having read the readings and study notes. The tutorial questions provided online will be used.
There was lots of energy at the end of the first week, so we’ll see how it goes. And how much reading gets done!