The 2010 AG Faculty Seminar, presented by the Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education team, was held on the campus of Evangel University (Springfield, Missouri), June 23-25, 2010. More than 150 faculty members and administrators from 18 of the endorsed AG colleges and universities as well as the two candidate schools met together for a time of professional development, collaboration and fellowship.
This three-day seminar, planned by Alliance Assistant Vice President Dr. Marilyn Abplanalp and a steering committee of educators, provided faculty with the opportunity to network with colleagues from other AG schools, exchange ideas specific to their academic disciplines and highlight current topics in higher education.
The theme of the conference was "Common Challenges of the 21st Century," and the academic disciplines represented were Business, Education, Information Services (Librarians) and Physical Education/Athletics. College presidents, chief academic officers, chief student development officers and chief finance officers attended as well.
Due to the exponential growth of technology in the classroom and of online education, the steering committee sought out an expert in the field to provide specialized training. Dr. Jason Rhode, a graduate of North Central University, ordained minister with the AG and the current assistant director of the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center at Northern Illinois University, was the featured presenter for two plenary sessions: "Teaching with Technology: Trends, Tools and Tips" and "Online Education: Past, Present and Future."
Having designed and taught dozens of online courses in numerous learning management systems including Blackboard, WebCT, Desire2Learn and Moodle, Rhode discussed and provided access to multiple resources for the educators to enhance their teaching both in the classroom and in online education.
According to Abplanalp, "Dr. Jason Rhode is a wonderful asset because of his expertise and his availability to consult with our schools regarding educational technology."
One conference participant echoed Abplanalp's comments, stating, "Jason's information was gold. He provided good tools (free resources) that will revolutionize my teaching."
In addition to an opening meal featuring keynote speaker AG General Superintendent George O. Wood and concluding banquet with Alliance Executive Vice President G. Robert Cook, Jr. speaking, there were also numerous departmental and general interest break-out sessions that took place during the event, providing key opportunities for dialogue.
Recognizing the value of this professional conference to AG higher education, the Alliance has already scheduled the next seminar for June 2011. The 2011 event will include faculty from four disciplines: Theology, Christian Education, Missions and Practical Ministries.
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