A characteristic important to Christian-oriented higher education institutions, specifically seminary education, is formation. One of the goals and/or purposes of seminary education is to help guide who the student becomes through the learning experiences they have to support the call God has placed on that person’s life for His mission in the world.
As with most facets of teaching and learning online, formation is scrutinized closely in online classes and programs to be sure whatever “it” is, is happening there too. So, this begs the question: what elements of formation happen in a face-to-face environment that should also happen in an online environment? I really want to hear from you… Can you name or describe an act that happens in class that leads to formation?