Saturday, August 04, 2007

film and faith online

I am spending the day with my Bible College of New Zealand Faith and Film class. Rather than lecture, together we are working on a website, film and faith – online – from a Kiwi perspective. I am providing the coffees. They are writing the reviews and building the website (we are using a wiki) over the day. It will be fascinating to see what develops by the end of today.

Once we have the reviews up, the class and I will watch, fascinated, to see what happens. Two of the class learning outcomes are:

– elaborate some of the key characteristics of contemporary New Zealand culture as portrayed in New Zealand films and reflect on these from a Christian perspective
– identify ways in which film may be utilized as a point of engagement for the gospel within contemporary society

So, if we build a website about film, exploring film from a New Zealand and Christian perspective, what will result as a point of contemporary engagement? Will other’s comment? Will other’s want to join and add reviews (anyone can apply simply by asking)? Will the class keep wanting to write reviews once the day is done? Will the next class (I run Faith and Film every 2 years) want to build on today?

It’s fun. It’s a good way to learn and be together with students. It might even be useful. Imagine that. A seminary class that is actually useful!

Posted by steve at 12:17 PM

1 Comment

  1. and it was fun too thanks Steve. Writing together with another student was a new experience but a rich one – it might have taken longer but hopefully a better review. Thanks too for the coffee not only the cafe staff were impressed!

    Comment by Jo wall — August 4, 2007 @ 9:07 pm

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