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Mobile Ed: ED161 Christian Education: Foundations and Technology (audio)

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In Christian Education: Foundations and Technology, Andrew Peterson provides a broad overview of what it takes to create and run a Christian course, program, or school. The course begins by exploring foundations such as biblical theology, motivations, and goals, and then moves on to technical aspects such as instructional design, modes of communication, and media. Dr. Peterson then discusses aspects of teaching K–12 students, with a focus on educational psychologies, teaching methods, and academic disciplines. He concludes by examining adult Christian education in the contexts of church ministry, workplace, and civil community.

This is the audio only version of ED161 Christian Education: Foundations and Technology. To purchase the full course, click here.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Develop a basic plan for developing a Christian course, school, or education ministry
  • Conduct a needs assessment and situation analysis to design an effective program or course
  • Construct a biblical educational psychology by using the best of Christian and secular thinking
  • Understand four modes of communication and how they relate to current technology
  • Explain the pros and cons of using a variety of media such as audio, video, laptops, and online forums
  • Design a digital learning center for your church
  • Explain why Christian education is so important for adults in the workplace or public square

Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course
  • Structure and Overview of Christian Education
  • Overview of Case Studies

Unit 1: Biblical Foundations: Normative Standards

  • Introducing Biblical Foundations
  • Introduction to Normative Standards
  • Biblical and Spiritual Foundations
  • Systematic Theology
  • Doctrine of Scripture
  • Doctrine of God
  • Doctrine of Man
  • Doctrine of Christ
  • Doctrine of Salvation
  • Doctrine of Eschatologies
  • Doctrine of the Church
  • Doctrine of the Sacraments

Unit 2: Biblical Foundations: Motivational Intentions

  • Introducing Motivational Intentions
  • The Beginning of Wisdom
  • Biblical Studies
  • Hero Transformation on the Journey
  • Narrative of Jesus Christ Our Lord
  • Maker of Heaven and Earth
  • Pentateuch and Education
  • Historical Books and Education
  • Poetical Books and Education
  • Prophetic Books and Education
  • New Covenant and Education

Unit 3: Biblical Foundations: Situational Goals

  • Introducing Situational Goals
  • Expanding the Church
  • Church History
  • Early Church
  • Patristics Era
  • Islamic Competition and Education
  • Scholasticism
  • Reformation
  • Puritans
  • Modernism
  • Postmodernism

Unit 4: Innovative Technologies: Instructional Design

  • Introducing Innovative Technologies
  • Introducing Instructional Design
  • Needs Assessment
  • Situation Analysis
  • Team Organization
  • Scope and Sequence
  • Objectives Specified
  • Teaching/Learning Principles
  • Media Selection
  • Prototype Construction
  • Formative and Summative Evaluation
  • Data Analytics for Retention and Recruitment

Unit 5: Innovative Technologies: Modes of Communication

  • Introducing Modes of Communication
  • One-on-One (Private Ministry of the Word)
  • One-to-Many (Public Ministry of the Word)
  • Teaching for Edification and Progressive Sanctification
  • Preaching for Evangelism and Apologetics
  • Print for Reading
  • Synchronous One-Way
  • Synchronous Two-Way
  • Asynchronous One-Way
  • Asynchronous Two-Way
  • Many-to-Many: Wikis, Membergates

Unit 6: Innovative Technologies: Media for Communication

  • Introducing Media for Communication
  • Desktop Computers
  • Mobile Laptops
  • Electronic Books and Bible Software
  • Audio Recorders and Players
  • Video Recorders and Players
  • Mobile Smartphones
  • Mobile Tablets
  • Interactive Smart Whiteboards and Televisions
  • Online Interactive Social Simulations
  • Smart Watches

Unit 7: K–12 Students: Children

  • Introducing K–12 Students
  • Introducing Children
  • Growing Children
  • Christian Worldview for Children
  • Family-Centered Education
  • Holistic and Consistent Environment
  • Content Specific
  • Educational Psychologies on a Secular Spectrum
  • Objectivist Educational Psychology
  • Subjectivist Educational Psychology
  • Eclectic Mix of Educational Psychologies
  • Biblical Educational Psychology

Unit 8: K–12 Students: Youth

  • Introducing Youth
  • Moving from Childhood to Youth
  • Meaning of Commandments
  • History of God’s Providence
  • Future Time Outlook
  • Blessings and Cursings
  • Clarifying Environments Program
  • Student Perspectives
  • Personalization
  • Productive Principle
  • Autotelic Principle

Unit 9: K–12 Students: Academic Disciplines

  • Introducing Academic Disciplines
  • Christian Worldview with Meaning and Purpose
  • History
  • Literature
  • Math
  • Science
  • Fine Arts
  • Music
  • Physical Education and Nutrition
  • Other Languages
  • Competency-Based Education (CBE)

Unit 10: Adult Learners: Church Ministries

  • Introducing Adult Learners
  • Introducing Church Ministries
  • The Church
  • Expository Preaching for Education in the Church
  • Small Group Teaching in the Church
  • Diaconal Mercy Missions
  • Foreign Missions
  • Digital Learning Center
  • Content: Intellectual Material and Education
  • Context: Ministry Skill Sets and Education
  • Community: Character Formation Education
  • Educational Ecosystems

Unit 11: Adult Learners: Workplace Training

  • Introducing Workplace Training
  • Cultural Mandate
  • Vision and Mission
  • Financials and Education
  • Customer Acquisition and Service
  • Topic of the Month
  • Marketing Plan
  • Product Mix
  • Human Resources
  • Strategy
  • Budget

Unit 12: Adult Learners: Civil Community

  • Introducing Civil Community
  • God’s Law in Any Community
  • Church Role in Community
  • Family Role
  • Neighborhood Role
  • Magistrate Role
  • Creation Ordinances
  • Ten Commandments and the Case Laws
  • Discontinuity from Old Covenant Temple Economy
  • Just War Theology and Ethics for Data Science
  • Continuity: Old Covenant to New in Sermon on the Mount


  • Fleshing Out the Great Commission

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About Andrew Peterson

Andrew Peterson is vice president for educational innovation and global outreach at Western Seminary and runs Digital Vistas Carolina, a national consulting practice that uses technology in the service of Christian education and the marketplace. He received his MA in educational psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and his PhD in educational technology at the University of Pittsburgh.

During his thirty plus years of management in counseling, seminary and other education, and business, Dr. Peterson worked extensively in the areas of strategic planning, promotional marketing, educational technology, staff development, customer service, fundraising, and program evaluation. He spent seventeen years developing the online campus of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina, and he established a multimedia development center for undergraduate education in science and the arts at University of California, San Diego.


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