The internet has created a new world of possibilities for education. Seminaries and theological colleges have seized upon the potential of the internet by offering online courses and online degrees. For older non-traditional students, for those who already have families and other obligations (e.g., church or a secular job) the temptation to try to get an education online can be too much to resist.
Nevertheless, there are good reasons why students should resist and should think very carefully before the decide to choose the online option for their seminary education. Typically, students only go to seminary once and that eduction becomes the foundation for a lifetime of ministry so it is important to get it right.
As one who has taught at the undergraduate level (2 years) and the seminary level (22 years) at the same time as the rise of the rise of the internet and as one who is actively involved in using the internet for educational purposes, I have had opportunity to think about the positive and negative aspects of online eduction.
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