Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
MOOCs (Web-based instruction), Bible--Study and teaching, Bible--Hermeneutics
Christianity | Educational Technology | Religion
Tryon, Howard Dale, "Leveraging a Massive Open Online Course in the Local Church to Teach Hermeneutics" (2018). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1949.
The increase in massive open online course (MOOC) offerings in theological higher education presents unique equipping opportunities for local churches, providing high-quality instruction from authoritative scholars. The purpose of this project is to facilitate participation in a MOOC to equip members of Calvary Baptist Church, Lynchburg, Virginia, with basic hermeneutic principles in order to enrich personal Bible study and prepare for teaching the Bible. A pretest and posttest assess the effectiveness of the program to impart knowledge of hermeneutical concepts and skills. A concluding survey determines the extent to which participants plan to use learned hermeneutic methods and principles in personal Bible study and teaching preparation, in addition to assessing participants’ experiences with and perceptions of the educational technology. This project seeks to affirm the viability of using MOOCs for various equipping opportunities in local churches.