Psalm 139: The reality is, God knows EVERYTHING about us. He knows us more than we know ourselves. May you find comfort in that He knows everything and loves/protects us fully.
All Christians have a ministry of thanks. It is an essential part of our new identity in Christ as new creations. We are His ambassadors to the whole world.
Have you ever tried to keep the commands of God and felt burdensome? We “feel” this tension to always do the right thing. BUT Jesus says there is another way and that is to go to Him and He will give us rest.
Grand Canyon University played its biggest role yet at the prestigious annual SLOAN Consortium, a leading professional online learning society devoted to advancing quality e-Education. Faculty from the College of Education and the College of Doctoral Studies discussed topics related to the theme “Online Learning: A Universe of Opportunity.”
Provost Hank Radda led a team of 11 to the conference in Orlando to deliver nine presentations during the three day event in November. The keynote addresses featured Hal Plotkin from the US Department of Education, Daphne Koller, a Stanford University professor, and Anant Agarwal, an MIT professor.
The prevailing topic addressed at the conference was the rise of MOOC’s – Massively Open Online Conferences. The MOOC format allows a large number of students – in the tens of thousands – to sign up for a course that would ordinarily be offered to only a few dozen students.
A MOOC runs largely unmediated with open self-directed material, which includes relevant course content, quizzes, assessments and a final. These courses highlight the role of the social presence in learning that continues to beg the question – “How do we take online instruction and make it seem unmediated?”
Here is a list of speakers from GCU and the topics they presented on at the 19th Annual SLOAN Consortium:
- Emily Bergquist & Rick Holbeck – Classroom assessment Techniques
- Dr. Ted Cross & Dr. Jean Mandernach — Managing the stress of the online classroom
- Roland Berman, Dr. Hank Radda & Dr. Ted Cross — The impact of a voluntary scholarly community on online students
- Kathy Decker & Doula Zaharopoulos — Why do online students fail accounting?
- Dr. Michael Berger & Dr. Ronald Berman — The use of data analytics to try and support students who are struggling with writing early in the doctoral program
- Dr. Jean Mandernach, Kelly Sanderson & Dr. Ted Cross — Fostering interaction through formative feedback in asynchronous discussions
- Dr. Michael Berger — The impact of online faculty social presence on postsecondary online student achievement
- Eva St. Arnauld & Dr. Debbie Rickey — Implementing virtual supervision in student teaching
- Dr. Marjaneh Gilpatrick & Dr. Kimberly LaPrade — Reflective practice: Significance in teaching
Participation in the SLOAN Consortium aligns with the efforts of GCU’s Center for Innovation and Research (CIRT).
Worship isnt just something we do on Sunday mornings. It isnt an event we check off our to-do-list. It is about putting God in the highest place in our lives.
The tension I face comes as a result of looking around rather than looking up. We become anxious and fearful when things don’t go our way or we look to far ahead. Make known what you are facing to God.
The Christian life isnt meant to be lived alone. We are called into a community or “the body of Christ” even the times it is difficult to get along. We are called to love.
Gods kingdom is not about right and wrong; disagreements are a tension we put on ourselves. Don’t look around when we should be looking to the One that has already been doing the work in us. Seek out His peace!
Not sure how life is going to go or the direction that it will take? Worried? Running short on strength or courage? Have hope and your strength will be renewed.
Trials are used by God to test our faith in order to complete the sancitification process that God is working in us to make us more whole.