TEACHING AS AN ONLINE PROFESSOR

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Dr. Bill Cooper (ICR-SOBA online professor)  &  JJSJ

TEACHING  AS  AN  ONLINE  PROFESSOR

Dr. James J. S. Johnson

   For me, teaching college is quite fine,

But commuting? — (I don’t want to whine),

Yet driving to school

Means traffic and fuel;

That’s why I like teaching online!

All teaching’s a gift of God’s grace,

Yet there’s something to say for a “place“;

As God-assigned teachers

We’re space-and-time creatures,

So it’s good, too, to teach face-to-face.

COMMENTARY:  Regarding the unique value of face-to-face communication, see 2nd John 1:12.  Since AD1991, by God’s grace, I have taught at Bible-grounded studies in Christian colleges in Texas (LeTourneau University, Dallas Christian College, Concordia University Texas at Fort Worth, and ICR-SOBA), plus occasional mentor-teaching for ECCS (in Arkansas), and some guest-lecturing elsewhere (e.g., Southern Methodist University, Dallas Theological Seminary, Tyndale Theological Seminary, Montgomery College at Rockville).  In all of those schools I have taught face-to-face, in traditional classrooms (and, in the case of certain ecology courses, augmented by field studies), yet in the past dozen years most of my teaching has been online (or a mix of online with some face-to-face teaching).  Of course, teaching aboard cruise ships (which I have happily done, on 9 different cruise ships, since AD1998) can only be accomplished aboard ship!  Honoring God in all such teaching opportunities (whether online or face-to-face) is quite doable, if one has “eyes to see”.  Also, His Scripture-based guidance and enabling providences, in all such truth-teaching opportunities, should be appreciated with gratitude, accountability, diligent attention to accuracy and relevance, and dependence upon Him.  The logistical advantages to online teaching are obvious — how else could I teach graduate students in Europe, Canada, Mexico, and Australia, as I have in recent years?  Even so, there are some real advantages to face-to-face teaching, not the least of which is sharing food and coffee with students in conjunction with on-campus class meetings.

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ICR-SOBA  night  college  (mid-evening  refreshments):   Jarlsberg  cheese,   fruit,  &  crackers   (by  Sherry)

 

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