How You Can Join Me in Global Learning Adventures

Regular readers of this blog are well aware of my affiliation with George Fox Evangelical Seminary, and the new Doctor of Ministry in Global Missional Leadership, which will launch on September 1. It will feature challenging content from our lead mentor, Dr. Jason Clark, who is a passionate learner, as well as a highly skilled practitioner. When the students meet up for face to face learning intensives (about once per year), it’ll be in really great, dynamic locations – London and Nuremburg for the first round; Nairobi, Kenya for the second; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the third. Guest lecturers from each of these locations will participate, which will give the students some amazing opportunities to learn from diverse theological, cultural, and experiential perspectives. The rest of the work the students do will be in online environments. I’ve had an opportunity to meet several members of our first cohort of students face to face already, and I’ve followed most of the rest on Twitter and Facebook. I’m really impressed with them, and will enjoy learning from them.

A number of my friends have expressed a wistful desire to be able to participate in a program like this. If you’re one of those folks, then you’ll be interested in this next bit. One of Dr. Clark’s big desires in putting this together is to open source the learning environment as much as possible. Given that so much of the learning interactions will be take place online, rather than constructing a walled garden environment, as most universities and seminaries do, the students will be helping create their own course content in social media environments, like Facebook, Twitter, video sharing sites, blogs, and Google Apps. In other words, it will be in completely open environment, where anyone with an internet connection can participate along with the students.

In order to help facilitate this, the good folks at the seminary have worked hard to create a unique social media aggregator tool, DMINGML.  It utilizes tagging, so anytime a student posts a status update or blog entry or image that’s relevant to the discussion, they’ll tag it #dmingml, and it will automatically pulled into the content feed on the dmingml page. So, if you want to check out what our students are talking about, bookmark the site. Here’s a short video that shows how it works:

So please feel free to tag along with us. Also, if you’d like to participate directly as an official student in a future cohort, drop me a comment, and I’ll be happy to help you get connected.

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