Unanticipated Outcomes of Online Learning

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[This post is part of a series from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, The Jewish Theological Seminary and Yeshiva University on the online learning experience.] by Dr. Jeffrey Glanz I have been teaching for over 40 years, the last twenty in higher education at the graduate level. Teaching, for me, is the most gratifying part of my work because I have the opportunity to facilitate learning among students who, for the most part, enthusiastically desire to learn. I have worked hard over the years to refine my teaching skills in the areas of questioning, checking for understanding as well as to utilize a variety of instructional strategies to enhance student learning. Until this school year, I always taught face-to-face in a traditional classroom setting. But this past year I … [Read more...]

The Jewish Experiential Leadership Institute: Demonstrating the Positive Impact of Online Learning in Jewish Leadership Development

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[This post is part of a series from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, The Jewish Theological Seminary and Yeshiva University on the online learning experience.] by Elana MacGilpin and Mark S. Young Imagine meaningful text study, chevruta (group) learning, community building, strengthening leadership skills, and professional mentoring, all from the comfort of your own home or office workstation. For both of us - Elana is a Fellow and Mark is an instructor - The Jewish Experiential Leadership Institute (JELI), has cultivated this environment. The program is a journey of professional growth, made possible with access to easy-to-use and multi-functional online educational technology. We have seen its effectiveness in strengthening Jewish educational leadership and building a … [Read more...]

Davidson Distance Learning MA Program at JTS

[This post is part of a series from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, The Jewish Theological Seminary and Yeshiva University on the online learning experience.] by Dr. Meredith Katz The Davidson Distance Learning MA program in Jewish education at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) offers its students across the country the opportunity to be part of a vibrant learning community. Davidson emphasizes a constructivist approach to teaching and learning, through both the maxim to differentiate in order to “meet the learner where s/he is”, and through the belief that most learning occurs through social interaction. We model these principles in our courses and assignments, many of which encourage students to “try things out” with their own learners and to reflect on their efforts … [Read more...]

Virtual Education on the Move

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[This post is part of a series from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, The Jewish Theological Seminary and Yeshiva University on the online learning experience.] by Anna Hartman Online courses may just be the best learning you have never experienced. That was certainly my experience when, this winter, I enrolled in an online course entitled “Introduction to Jewish Educational Leadership.” (The course, offered by HUC-JIR and taught by professors Samuel K. Joseph and Adriane Leveen, is a pre-requisite to the school’s Executive MA in Jewish Education.) Picture me, in my new hometown of Swampscott, MA, missing my former study pals and feeling sorry for myself for not living close enough to Boston to participate regularly in a new learning circle. Picture me, opting then to … [Read more...]

How Online Learning Enriches the Teaching and Learning Experience

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[This post is part of a series from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, The Jewish Theological Seminary and Yeshiva University on the online learning experience.] by Ilana Turetsky, EdD The upcoming summer semester will mark my fourth semester teaching online courses at Azrieli Graduate School. I have found the experience to be enriching, broadening, and stimulating. While some may envision online teaching as a direct transfer from the live classroom to the virtual setting, I perceive online teaching as a categorically different enterprise. Allow me to share three brief thoughts on my experiences teaching online, highlighting some of the unique features that I believe online learning affords. … [Read more...]