What is it like to receive a quality theological education online? Although the online MACM and MACL programs are designed to be flexible and convenient for students studying at a distance, Gordon-Conwell's online courses are the same quality as those taught on campus. Here what you can expect from the online learning experience:
- Courses are 14 weeks long. Some courses can be completed fully online. Other courses (web-enhanced) feature online coursework and a three-day residency (usually at the Charlotte, North Carolina campus) in the middle of the course.
- All course materials can be accessed through our online seminary learning management system, Sakai, except for textbooks.
- Our online courses are media rich with content provided through video presentations, narrated PowerPoint presentations, and audio presentations.
- Students need an appropriate computer system and Internet connection to fully access all course materials. We highly recommend that you have broadband access to the Internet in order to view these media presentations.
- Courses are highly structured, with assignments due every week. Reflecting the robustness of our online courses, students should expect to spend 10-15 hours per week per course on coursework.
- Most assignments are asynchronous (that is, they do not require you to log on at any particular time), although some courses may contain some synchronous sessions. In this case, we accommodate multiple time zones.
- Our online courses are highly interactive, with weekly online discussions, group work, and faculty interaction.
- All library resources and technical support are available to students online including a technical help desk.
- All new students complete a self-paced Online New Student Orientation before beginning the program. In addition, new students take the Introduction to Theological Research (CT500) in their first term. These courses help prepare students to become successful in their online seminary journey. Ongoing writing assistance is also available through our Virtual Writing Center.
- Most examinations can be taken online with the oversight of a proctor. Students will identify a qualified proctor in their local community.