In order to make the Distance Learning experience robust and engaging, and to overcome some of the traditional limitations of learning outside a classroom context, the Institute uses a number of means to bring lectures to life. One of these means is the recorded audio lecture – and we strive to make this experience more than just listening to a recording. Audio lectures include slides and visual materials, examined in sync with your lecturer. We invite you to get a first-hand taste of the experience in this small virtual tour.
Archive for June, 2012
The early enrollment period for the new Certificate in Orthodox Studies by Distance Learning has been extended to 31st July, providing the opportunity to enroll on the program with a $120 savings over the full enrollment rate. It also remains possible to pre-pay for the whole program for a savings of more than $300.
We are particularly delighted by the interest in this new core program in Orthodox history, theology, life and practice. The first student cohort is already shaping up nicely, with students from a variety of backgrounds, jurisdictions and locations. In recognition of this positive start, and to provide an additional incentive to those who are still considering whether the time and opportunity are right to begin a course of Orthodox studies, we are extending our early registration discount by another month-and-a-half.
Click here to find out whether the Certificate Program might be right for you. It offers an upper-level course of in-depth Orthodox studies, bridging the best in on-site study days, symposia and conferences with a richly provisioned set of Distance Learning tools that make your at-home (or in-monastery) learning interactive, personal, and affordable. Study with expert instructors through live video conferencing sessions, real-time chat classes and discussions, forums and blogs, with audio/video lectures, on-line readings and a host of other materials. Then, if you are able, bridge these with symposia and study days that bring you into contact with the best in Orthodox scholarship, pastoral and monastic experience, and the living culture of the Church.
The Certificate Program operates on an affordable tuition basis, allowing you to study at your own pace.
Take some time to explore the materials on the Certificate Program here on our web site. Then, find out how you can apply on-line today.
The second meeting of the Liturgical English Study Group was held today in San Francisco. Bringing together participants from the Russian Orthodox, Greek Orthodox and OCA parishes of the Bay Area, as well as catechumens and non-Orthodox participants keen to explore the questions of Orthodox worshipping language, its second meeting was devoted to varying positions within the wider Orthodox communion on the question of traditional versus modern forms of the English language as employed in Church settings.
As always, the Institute’s Study Groups seek to foster engaged, critical discussion within the context of pious Orthodox reflection, seeking understanding and action that reflect the mind, heart and tradition of the Church. Discussions are moderated and guided, but participants freely offer their comments for consideration by peers and instructors.
The Liturgical English Study Group is made up of a working group, which meets in these on-site meetings in San Francisco, as well as a more extensive community of associate members, located all across the country, who interact with one another through the extensive suite of on-line resources made available to all participants.
The full Group will be holding a live, real-time chat-based discussion next week, bringing together members from both US coasts.
If this sounds like a theme and a group that might be a good match for your interests, read more about the group and enroll to begin participating today.
On 13th June 2012, the Institute’s core web resources received a major upgrade and style lift, as part of the progression toward the full teaching launch of a number of its programs. This includes a newly powered and designed web interface, together with a new suite of resources to power our Distance Learning materials and offerings.
The new web site design aims to make the multitude of resources available on the site more easily accessible to students and users. This includes a clearer organizational structure, better design clarity, and a focused restructuring of the content flow.
A new suite of resources has also been added for students enrolled in our Certificate Program, study groups and other courses. These allow for a consolidated experience that brings together forums, chat sessions, lecture libraries, video conferences, and other materials.
For students who had already become familiar with our former web site structure, these changes will require a brief period of re-adjustment; but we are certain that the new materials made available will more than repay such attention. In the mean time, we expect there may be one or two minor bugs in the new system as we transfer over all our content in the coming days, but that the system should be essentially fully operational from Thursday evening.
The Institute is pleased to note that a talk given over the past summer (July 2011) by Archimandrite Irenei, Dean of the Institute, at the All-Diaspora Symposium for Youth in Paris, France, is now available on-line.
Entitled ‘Transforming the Heart of the World: The Orthodox Approach to Mission’, the talk addresses the question of precisely what is meant by ‘missionary work’ in an Orthodox context, and how Orthodox Christians are to approach mission and missionary activity.
The first cohort of students for the Institute’s new Certificate of Orthodox Studies by Distance Learning is already shaping up, as applications come in from a wide range of participants – both regionally and nationally.
Students have already been accepted onto the program from California, Oregon, Missouri and even further afield, ensuring that the make-up of the program’s first cohort will be diverse and engaging.
If you are considering a course of Orthodox studies that will expose you to the rich history, theology, life and practices of Orthodox Christianity, perhaps it is time to consider joining those who have already enrolled in the new Certificate Program. Significant discounts are available for early registrations (received before 15th June 2012), to take part in the first cohort, beginning September 2012.