Is Semlink for You?
We have worked hard to make the Semlink program user-friendly and engaging while maintaining the academic excellence associated with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. However, it is important to understand that distance learning is not suited for everyone. People who tend to succeed in the Semlink program often have these qualites:
To complete the course successfully requires a time commitment and dedication to the course of study. To that end, students should plan on allocating three hours of study for every hour spent listening to the lectures (a typical course consists of 30 hours of lecture). This includes time spent online interacting with faculty, teaching fellows and peers in the various discussion forums.
Our goal in offering online classes is to provide additional flexibility to your course schedule, and as a result Semlink lectures and interactive assignments can be completed at any time of the day or night. As with on-campus classes, however, what you get out of the class is heavily dependent on what you put into it, whether in terms of the amount of time you spend or the quality of time you designate. Students are encouraged to set aside a regular time of study each week to get the most out of the program.
Successful Semlink students take initiative in participating in online discussions. Students should be proactive in contacting faculty, teaching assistants and/or Semlink staff with questions and concerns as they arise. These people are available and willing to help you. Problems are best addressed in the early stages of a course.
If you have any concerns about these qualities and your ability to fulfill the course requirements for a Semlink course, please feel free to contact the Semlink Office to discuss the matter further.