Asbury Theological Seminary Faculty to Speak at Distance Learning Conference in the Philippines

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Wilmore, Ky. (April 15, 2013) Asbury Theological Seminary faculty members, Dr. Leslie Andrews and Mr. Paul Tippey, will be facilitators and keynote speakers at The Asia Theological Association (ATA) workshop, Learning in the Twenty-First Century, in the Philippines on April 22-26.

This is a very significant event as it addresses distance learning (including on-line learning), which comprises one of the major mega-trends impacting theological education around the globe.

Asbury Theological Seminary faculty members, Dr. Leslie Andrews and Mr. Paul Tippey, will be facilitators and keynote speakers at The Asia Theological Association (ATA) workshop, Learning in the Twenty-First Century, in the Philippines on April 22-26

ATA represents 212 institutions in 27 countries. Both Andrews and Tippey will be assisting ATA in developing a vision for online education.

The workshop will look at what online education has to offer, how it influences pedagogy, and how culture influences distance learning. Attendees will explore different technologies that can be used to enhance distance learning including social media, e-libraries and online journal databases, as well as audio-conferencing and podcasting. They will discuss how to manage the delivery of distance learning programs so that students get both academic and pastoral support, and advice in managing the course development process.

Provost Doug Matthews sees tremendous value in the opportunity to collaborate with ATA. "Asbury Theological Seminary is extremely grateful for the opportunity to facilitate dialog, dream together, and to contribute very experienced leadership to the upcoming Asia Theological Association Seminar on Theological Education. This is a very significant event as it addresses distance learning (including on-line learning), which comprises one of the major mega-trends impacting theological education around the globe. Our hopes and prayers certainly will be with this great event and two of our faculty who will serve as keynote speakers and facilitators for this important gathering of international leaders," he said.

Mark Royster, who is with the Seminary's office of Global Partnerships said, “This may be one of the most important developments in our global initiatives so far. For Asbury to be in on the ground floor of this is very significant.”

For more information on the workshop, visit http://www.ataasia.com. For more information on Asbury Seminary, contact jo.brosius(at)asburyseminary(dot)edu or visit the website at http://www.asburyseminary.edu.

About Asbury Theological Seminary:                                                                
With multiple campuses, Asbury Theological Seminary is an interdenominational graduate school of theology committed to teaching the unchanging truth of historic Wesleyan Christianity through the most dynamic means available. Asbury Seminary offers a variety of degrees, including the master of arts, master of divinity, master of theology, doctor of ministry and doctor of philosophy in intercultural studies, biblical studies. Total current enrollment nears 1,600 students, representing 91 denominations and 44 countries. For more information, please visit asburyseminary.edu

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