Learning design for formational learning in non-campus-based learning contexts

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This chapter outlines an emerging framework for designing learning to foster spiritual formation of students studying theology in non-campus based learning contexts. It draws on insights from learning theory which suggests that designing for technology-enhanced learning must consider three learning theory perspectives: associative, cognitive and situative. These are explored in the light of insights from theological educators about the nature of theological learning and used to identify kinds of learning that are desirable in theological education. The chapter then considers helpful pedagogical approaches for these kinds of learning, drawing on examples from Learning Design practice in other disciplines and on recommended pedagogies for formational learning in the professions. It concludes by describing how research in the field of Learning Design is being used to guide a design-based research project to develop and trial a framework for Learning Design for formational learning in fully online theological degree courses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeaching theology in a technological age
EditorsYvette Debergue, James R. Harrison
Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne
PublisherCambridge Scholars Press
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781443886703
ISBN (Print)9781443882637
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015


  • learning design
  • theological education
  • spiritual formation
  • distance education

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