Ogilvie, M. C. (2009). Teaching theology online. Australian EJournal of Theology, (13).
Can theology be taught successfully in the online environment? This article will draw upon theoretical literature and the author’s practical experience in answering that question. Along the way, this article will discuss the various motivations for teaching theology online and acknowledge the opportunities presented by the online medium. It shall address conceptual shifts prompted by online education such as the shift from correspondence to distance to open education. The article will then discuss evolving teaching practices and methods. There will follow a discussion of the crucial issue of theological formation and scholarly interaction and how these can be approached online. After that discussion, the article will cover various challenges faced in teaching theology online. At the end of the article, some observed outcomes of online theological education will be presented and some recommendations made regarding the effective delivery of theological education in the online environment.