Director of Distance Education selected to participate in national webcast

Posted September 13, 2013

Dr. Melinda "Mindi" Thompson, director of distance education and assistant professor of Old Testament in the Graduate School of Theology (GST), has been selected to participate in the inaugural meeting of distance learning directors sponsored by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

The meeting will take place in late October. Participants will share and discuss the challenges and opportunities of distance learning on their campuses to provide a sense of community among distance education leaders at ATS member schools.

“It’s good to be recognized for the more academic role we have in designing curriculum, training faculty, advising students, and ensuring access to services for students who do not live on campus,” says Thompson.

Thompson joined the university faculty in 2011 with a background in distance theological education. Since joining the ACU community, she has worked on the GST's first accredited online degree program, the Master of Arts in Global Service. The degree consists of online coursework and three two-week residency sessions.

In addition to her role as associate professor and director of distance education, Thompson is helping the university transition to OpenClass, the new Pearson learning management system. Thompson also serves as vice president of the Association of Christian Distance Educators (ACCESS).

ATS serves as the accrediting agency for more than 270 Christian and Jewish graduate schools in the United States and Canada. The Graduate School of Theology has been a member of ATS since 2001.


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