Jubilee Online Learning Programme

Jubilee Centre’s vision for training is to develop Christian leaders who are inspired  and informed by the Bible and seek to be change-agents in the world. We want to grow as a community of learners and practitioners, who are committed to understanding the biblical basis and framework for transformation, and willing to apply their knowledge in their specific contexts. Learning is a goal-directed activity and the goal of learning on the BFPL course is personal and social transformation.

Every one of us is a natural-born explorer and learner. This tendency can be observed even in infants. But learning also happens in many different ways. Each one of us process information in uniquely different ways because our brain is wired differently and our cultural backgrounds play a part in this. It is our sincere hope that you feel included in the learning process because your own contribution is vital and valuable. Please don’t feel your questions or comments might be too basic. Everything you contribute adds to the experience of the group. What is really critical is that you engage with the resources, seeking to make the knowledge relevant and applicable to your life and work circumstances.

Online learning is becoming a major form of adult education. Some of you might already have taken online courses and for others this might be your first time. No matter what your background and experience we hope that you will both enjoy and benefit from being part of our online training programme. We have based this course on a blended learning approach, combining personal study in your own time (asynchronous) with coming together at regular times with other participants at the beginning and end of each module. Online learning gives the opportunity to diverse participants from different geographical locations to join the Jubilee Centre’s training programme.

So welcome to this new online programme, we are expectant for what lies ahead!

Jubilee Online Learning Outcomes:LZ1
a) Participants will develop the ability to discern and interpret what is happening in society from a biblical, relational perspective.
b) Participants will gain the skills and confidence to apply biblical principles to specific issues and contexts in their work, church, city or nation.
c) Participants will build relationships with others on the course, based on shared vision, geography and calling
d) Longer term collaboration and partnerships are expected to be formed through participation in the course and subsequent membership of the Jubilee Learning Community.

Profile page

Each one of you will have your own profile page. You are required to fill in a brief bio about yourself and also upload a current photo. All activities on the Jubilee Centre Learning Zone will be transparent and open. The website is password protected and your comments will not be accessible to anyone except other participants and tutors.

The Structure of the Course:

The course is structured into Modules. The course begins with the introductory 1) Foundations Module covering the the topics of Biblical vision for society and Relational Thinking. This is followed by modules on 2) The Economy, 3) Politics, 4) Law & Justice and 5) Family & Sexual ethics 6) The Arts and 7) Science and Technology. Each Module has four lessons and it will take five weeks to complete one Module, including writing the reflective essay.

Weekly readings

The lessons generally have six resources, which are divided into three levels. Level one is two short videos, followed by two short articles, each about thousand words (level 2); level three consists of two longer essays of about four thousand words each, most of the essays are usually Cambridge Papers.  On average it will take around two hours to complete the course work for a week.

Posting comments

You are strongly encouraged  to post comments (about 100 – 150 words) every week and you can also respond to comments posted by others. Your comments will demonstrate that you have engaged with the resources. The course tutor will try to respond to all your comments on a weekly basis.

Skype discussion

At the beginning of each module, and after the four weeks’ reading, you have a one hour Skype discussion with 6-7 other participants. The purpose of the initial discussion is for the course tutor to introduce the Module, and the second one draws the threads together from the four lessons. There will be an opportunity to engage with the content of the module and to clarify anything that might have been difficult to understand. Participation in the Skype discussion is mandatory for completing the course.

Reflective essay

Once you have completed all your readings for the four lessons, you need to write an essay of between 1,500 and 2,000 words. This is not meant to be an academic piece of work but neither should it be simply journalistic. Based on the readings your essay should discuss some of the key ideas from the module and how your own learning has developed as a result.

Guidelines for posting comments:

• Comments should directly engage with the content of the article.
• All comments should be respectful toward others.
• Comments can be personal if they contribute to the learning process.
• Expressing disagreement with a viewpoint is a normal part of the learning process.
[The course tutor has the final say on matters of disagreement.]

Guidelines for Skype discussion:

• Please be available to start punctually (any delay has an impact on all the others).
• When you are not speaking please mute your microphone.
• Please be sensitive and allow everyone in the group chance to speak and contribute.
• The discussion will not exceed one hour.
• The Skype discussion may involve people across different countries and time zones.
• For some of the participants English is not their first language, so be patient as you listen to others express their views.

Course director:

The course director, Philip Powell, has overall responsibility for leading the programme. His role is to motivate and encourage the learner to critically engage with the resources to achieve the stated learning outcomes. He will generally be the tutor who facilitates the online Skype discussions and responds to the comments posted during the week. If you have questions or issues regarding any aspect of the programme, please contact Philip (p.powell@jubilee-centre.org)