Thursday, February 16, 2006
Covenant Seminary's New Free Online Resource
Covenant Theological Seminary has just come out with an awesome online program--Covenant Worldwide. Here is the web site's description:

Covenant Worldwide is a free educational resource for faculty, students, and self learners around the world. It flows from Covenant Theological Seminary's grace-centered Gospel mission and exists to make high-quality, graduate-level theological education available to those who do not have the ability to attend seminary.

Covenant Worldwide:
  • Offers free downloads of Covenant Theological Seminary course materials.

  • Does not require registration.

  • Is not a degree granting or certificate-granting activity.

  • Does not provide access to Covenant Seminary faculty.
The courses posted on this Web site comprise Covenant Seminary's Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree. The course selection is designed to provide foundational knowledge of church history, theology, the Old Testament, the New Testament, and practical theology.

You may download the course materials at no charge and use them for non-commercial purposes. Lectures are in MP3 format, and study guides are available as PDFs. In addition to the course materials, a list of the textbooks used for each course is included. Also, as they become available, transcripts of the lectures for each course will be posted to the Web site. The lectures are currently available in English but are being transcribed to facilitate the translation of these materials into multiple languages.


All I can say is: "Wow!" I can't wait to go through two courses on Francis Schaeffer. Check it out!
 
posted at 9:00 AM  
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3 Comments:
At 9:52 AM, Blogger james said...

This sounds like a good thing. It reminds me of the work MIT has done with their Open Courseware (OCW) stuff. Hopefully this will be a great resource for equipping not only ministers but laity.

Very cool stuff.

 
At 11:48 AM, Blogger joethorn.net said...

Thanks for the heads up John. I'm pimping it on my blog as well. It looks great.

 
At 1:12 PM, Blogger james said...

I just noticed something else: the material is being released under a Creative Commons license. For those who aren't geeks like me, that means the material does not carry the same restrictions as traditional copyrights.

Specifically the materials are available so long as you give proper attribution, are not using them for commercial ventures and agree to share your derivative materials under the same terms as the original work. This shows a good amount of savvy on the part of the folks at CTS to make their materials available under such a flexible license.

 

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