Taylor Seminary Online
Introduction and Tutorial
Instructions for Students
"Moodle" is Taylor Seminary's online platform for courses. Students and instructors use Moodle for communication and for various needs of the course. Many instructors use Moodle but not all do. If your instructor uses Moodle for the course, the instructor will let their students know and provide instructions on how to access the course site. All online and hybrid courses use Moodle.
Taylor Seminary's Moodle site is http://online.taylor-edu.ca
Once you get on Taylor Seminary's Moodle site (http://online.taylor-edu.ca), you will see "Login" on the upper right hand side of the page. Click on "Login" and another page will appear. You will be able to Login by entering your username and password.
Please be aware that if you are logging into Moodle for the first time, a feature has been set up that will force you to change your password.
If you're not able to login, try again: make sure to enter the correct username and password which is case-sensitive. If you cannot login, contact your instructor immediately. Your instructor will contact the administrator to reset your password. An e-mail message will be sent to the student once the account has been reset.
Once you have logged in successfully, the Moodle home page will appear. You will see a list of course categories. Click on the category of your choice and then a list of courses will appear. Locate or search for the desired course and click on the course name. Click on the course of your choice and the course site will appear. If your teacher has given you an enrollment key, enter it when prompted, and click "Enroll me in this course".
If you're unable to gain access to the course site or if you have any questions about the course site, please contact your instructor immediately.
When you're finished using Moodle, you should log-out by clicking on "Logout" which is on the upper right hand side of the page.
1. Why can't I log in?
There could be many reasons but the most probable is you have simply forgotten your password, are trying the wrong one or are entering it incorrectly. Some other things to think about include:
- Does your username or password contain a mixture of upper and lower case letters? It should be entered exactly
- Are cookies enabled on your browser?
2. Why am I not getting any e-mails?
Chances are your email address in your profile is either wrong or disabled. It could also be that you are not subscribed to the forums that are generating emails. After checking the email address and settings, if you are still having an issue, contact your instructor immediately.
3. Why is there no upload box?
This is either because:
- The assignment has now closed
- The assignment is not yet open
- You already uploaded something and the settings prevent resubmissions
4. How can I view my recent assignment feedback?
There are many ways you can access their feedback. Contact you instructor for more information on how to view feedback for an assignment.
5. Why is my course average so low?
Don't panic! The Moodle gradebook takes into account unmarked and unsubmitted work. In other words, you start with zero and as you progress through the course and complete graded activities the percentage will steadily rise.
6. Why am I getting a grade of zero on my quiz?
You might have exceeded the quiz time limit.
This should never happen, because the count-down timer should submit the quiz automatically when time expires, and then the Moodle server should process you submission promptly. However, if the server is overloaded and running slowly, your responses may not be processed until after the 'too late' cut-off time so you will not receive marks for those questions. In such a case, contact your instructor as soon as possible.
Online Learning at Taylor
Taylor Seminary offers a number of courses in an online format each semester, and other courses are offered in a hybrid format (some classroom teaching, with a significant online component). These online courses have attracted students from across Canada and the United States, and from places around the world such as Peru and Russia.
In a recent survey of our students (Fall 2012), Taylor students were asked, "In what educational context have you completed the larger portion (more than 50%) of your courses?" The responses were as follows:
64.8% On campus (traditional academic terms)
24.0% Online courses
11.1% Modular (week-long or weekend)
Students were also asked to rank their agreement with the following statement: "On-line courses provide an effective mode of teaching and learning." The results are encouraging for anyone thinking about taking advantage of distance learning opportunities from Taylor Seminary.
Taylor Seminary Online Introduction and Tutorial
In keeping with our mission, Taylor Seminary is committed to developing Christ-minded leaders who make a difference in the world. In keeping with our commitment to the standards of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), we set out objectives for our degree programs and measure our effectiveness in serving our students with excellence.
Taylor Seminary has just conducted a survey of some current students and its graduates of the last five years, and some of the survey results provide our most current and quantitative measurements of the seminary’s educational effectiveness.
Satisfaction with the Educational Process
To obtain the most informed data available, the surveys were sent to:
- Students who have attended in the last five years (most of whom would have hopefully experienced our revised programs and delivery systems), have completed a minimum of nine credit hours, and all who have taken online and offsite courses in the last five years (because their numbers are relatively small); and
- Alumni who graduated in the last five years.
Those sections of the survey most directly related to the educational (teaching and learning) process reveal the following for current students.
|THE SURVEY QUESTIONS OR STATEMENTS||PERCENTAGE THAT AGREED OR STRONGLY AGREED|
|The objectives for the program in which I am registered are meeting my educational needs.||95.50%|
|I am satisfied with the degree to which the courses I am taking at Taylor Seminary are increasing my understanding of:|
|o The Bible||91%|
|o Christian theology & church history||97.50%|
|o The society in which I expect to minister||88.90%|
|I am satisfied with the degree to which the courses I am taking at Taylor Seminary are helping me:|
|o Grow spiritually||95.50%|
|o Develop moral integrity||90.60%|
|o Mature emotionally||84%|
|o Formulate a distinctly Christian worldview||93.1|
|Taylor Seminary supports and encourages the participation of women:|
|o In classroom discussion||91%|
|o In student government||84% (9% don’t know)|
|o In chapel programs||77.2% (15.9% don’t know)|
|o In ministry leadership||72.7% (15.9% don’t know)|
|Taylor Seminary supports and encourages the participation of ethnic minorities|
|o In classroom discussion||79.9% (11.1% don’t know)|
|o In student government||63.6 % (25% don’t know)|
|o In chapel programs||63.5% (25% don’t know)|
|o In ministry leadership||63.5% (22.7% don’t know)|
|Instructional methods are sensitive to the varied cultural contexts of the students||84.30%|
|Instructional methods are sensitive to the varied faith communities of the students||88.50%|
|Instructional methods are sensitive to the varied learning styles of students||73.20%|
|My seminary education is effective in each of the following areas of study:|
|o Providing a comprehensive understanding of theology, biblical studies & church history||95.50%|
|o Providing an understanding of the cultural contexts of ministry||91%|
|o Providing development in personal and spiritual formation||95.50%|
|o Cultivating capacity for ministerial and and public leadership||93.30%|
|o Integrating materials from the various theological disciplines, field education and personal experience||84.40%|
|The extracurricular programs of Taylor Seminary:|
|o Encourage spiritual growth||71.1 % (20% not applicable)|
|o Develop ministerial skills||62.1% (24.4% not applicable)|
|On-line courses provide an effective mode of teaching and learning||73.2% (11.1% not applicable)|
|Weekend courses provide an effective mode of teaching and learning||73.2% (13.3 don’t know)|
|One-week courses provide an effective mode of teaching and learning||73.3% (15.5% not applicable)|
|I received the needed technical support to negotiate these courses||70.5 % (13.3% not applicable)|
When the alumni of the past five years were asked: “If you were looking for employment, how long did it take after graduation for you to obtain your first paid ministry position,” they responded:
- 40.6% I was already working when I graduated from seminary
- 25% I did not pursue a paid professional position
- 18.7% Less than six months
- 6.2% One to two years
- 6.2% I have not attained a paid professional position
- 3.1% Longer than two years
Graduation Percentage Rate
Based on the number of students that entered the following programs since 2005, minus those who dropped out and those who are still with us, the percentage that have graduated are as follows: the M.Div. 43%; the MTS 66%; and the MA 100%. Why there is such a difference between these degree programs is something that we are still attempting to analyze.
Retention Rates in all Programs
TAYLOR SEMINARY RETENTION DATA
The lower retention rate for the fall of 2012 is not a final figure. Since these numbers were produced in September, additional students have continued to register for one week intensive modules that are offered in October and November. January Intersession courses will also be included in the final numbers for the Fall Semester 2012.
An analysis of these data would require at least two to three times the space needed to present the data itself. My impression is that these reports are to be relatively brief. Therefore, we are just letting the data speak for itself and trust that meets the requirements of this report.
Textbook List for Taylor Seminary Courses
Fall 2012 and Winter 2013(Updated July 27, 2012)
Students are encouraged to order books early to ensure that they arrive in time for your first class.
There are numerous sources for books, including local 'bricks and mortar' stores (Blessings, Christian Book and Record, Inspirations, Scott's, Greenwood, Chapters, Audrey's, etc.). Online sources include ChristianBookDistributors.com, Amazon.ca/Amazon.com, BookRepository.com and AbeBooks.com.
|BI 412||Biblical Hermeneutics||Jerry Shepherd||William W. Klein, Craig L. Blomberg and Robert L. Hubbard, Jr., with Kermit A. Ecklebarger||Introduction to Biblical Interpretation (2nd ed.)||Thomas Nelson||2004|
|CE 532||Educational Task of the Church||Su Jin Chong||Anthony, Michael J. (ed.)||Introducing Christian Education: Foundations for the Twenty-first Century||Baker Academic||2001|
|CH 420||Church History to 1500||Randal Rauser||Justo Gonzalez||The Story of Christianity, Vol. 1, The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation||Harper Collins||2010|
|Mark Noll||Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity, 2nd ed.||Baker||2001|
|Bettenson, Henry and Maunder, Chris||Documents of the Christian Church to Present Day, 3rd. Ed.||Oxford|
|FE 442||Field Ed Experience Unit 1||Bill Muller & Team||Hellman, George, M.||Ministry Greenhouse: Cultivating Environments for Practical Learning||The Alban Institute||2008|
|FE 443||Field Ed Experience Unit 2||Bill Muller & Team||Manning, Brennan||The Ragamuffin Gospel||Multnomah||2005|
|FE 444||Field Ed Experience Unit 3||Bill Muller & Team||Nouwen, Henri J. M.||In the Name of Jesus, Reflections on Christian Leadership||Crossroad Publishing Co.||1997|
|FE 445||Field Ed Experience Unit 4||Bill Muller & Team||Scazzero, Peter||The Emotionally Healthy Church||Zondervan||2003|
|FE 446||Field Ed Experience Unit 5||Bill Muller & Team||MacDonald, Gordon||Ordering Your Private World||Thomas Nelson||?|
|Miller, Calvin||Letters to a Young Pastor||David C. Cook||2001|
|IN 531||Orientation to ICS Internship||Joost Pikkert||Course Pak|
|MI 432||Integral Mission||Allan Effa||Ott, Craig, Stephen Strauss and Timothy Tennent||Encountering Theology of Mission: Biblical Foundations, Historical Developments, and Contemporary Issues [Available as an electronic book at eBooks.com; Kindle edition available at amazon.com]||Baker Academic||2010|
|Kirk, J. Andrew||What is Mission? Theological Explorations [Available as a Kindle electronic download at Amazon.com]||Fortress Press||2000|
|MI 534||Intercultural Communication||Joost Pikkert||Lustig, Myron and Jolene Koester||Intercultural Competence: Interpersonal Communication Across Cultures||Allyn and Bacon, 6th ed.||2009|
|Livermore, David||Cultural Intelligence: Improving Your CQ to Engage Our Multicultural World||Baker||2009|
|MI 545||Evangelism and Church Planting||Darrell Muth||Bowen, John||Evangelism for “Normal” People: Good News for Those Looking for a Fresh Approach||Augsburg/ Fortress||2002|
|Payne, J. D.||Discovering Church Planting: An Introduction to the Whats, Whys, and Hows of Global Church Planting||Paternoster||2009|
|MI 547||Language and Culture Learning||Joost Pikkert||Howell & Paris||Introducing Cultural Anthropology: A Christian Perspective||Baker||2011|
|Pikkert (provided by instructor)||Field Manual for the LACE Method of Language Learning||2002|
|MI 651||MA Research Paper Proposal||Joost Pikkert||McKinney||Reading (provided by the instructor)|
|NT 416||New Testament Introduction||Syd Page||Mark Allan Powell||Introducing the New Testament: A Historical, Literary, and Theological Survey.||Baker||2009|
|NIV (1984) will be primarily used in class|
|NT 517||Luke||Syd Page||Darrell L. Bock||Luke. NIV Application Commentary||Zondervan||1996|
|David Lyle Jeffrey||Luke. Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible.||Brazos||2012|
|NIV (1984) will be primarily used in class|
|NT 616||Ephesians||Syd Page||Peter T. O’Brien||The Letter to the Ephesians (Pillar New Testament Commentary)||Eerdmans||1999|
|NIV (1984) will be used in class|
|OT 417||OT Introduction||Jerry Shepherd||Raymond B. Dillard and Tremper Longman III||An Introduction to the Old Testament (2nd ed.)||Zondervan||2006|
|OT 611||Psalms||Jerry Shepherd||Bonhoeffer, Dietrich||Life Together; Prayerbook of the Bible. Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works 5. (If you already have or can access less expensive versions of these two books, that will be fine.)||Fortress Press||1996|
|Broyles, Craig C.||Psalms. New International Biblical Commentary 11||Peabody Mass. Hendrickson||1999|
|Longman, Tremper III||How to Read the Psalms||Intervarsity||1988|
|Davidson, Robert||The Vitality of Worship: A Commentary on the Book of Psalms||Eerdmans||1998|
|OT 614||The Wisdom Literature||Jerry Shepherd||Crenshaw, James L.||Old Testament Wisdom: An Introduction. 3d ed||Louisville: Westminster John Knox||2010|
|Murphy, Roland E.||The Tree of Life: An Exploration of Biblical Wisdom Literature. 3d ed.||Eerdmans||2002|
|PC 431||Personal Development and Ministry||Larry Froese, Willy Muller, Ray Seutter
|(please see the course syllabus for updated textbook list)|
|PC 531||Essentials of Pastoral Care||Len Thompson||Thompson, Leonard||Developing the Spiritual Life||Edmonton: Urban Centre for Evangelical Spiritual Formation||2010|
|Strengthening Spiritual Relationships|
|Conquering the Flesh Nature|
|Discerning a Deeper Sense of Calling|
|Carson, D.A.||Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor: The Life and Reflections of Tom Carson||Crossway||2008|
|John Patton||Pastoral Care: An Essential Guide||Abingdon||2005|
|Andrew Purves||Pastoral Theology in the Classical Tradition||Westminster/ John Knox||2001|
|Jean Stairs||Listening for the Soul: Pastoral Care and Spiritual Direction||Fortress Press||2000|
|Howard Stone||Crisis Counselling (3rd ed.)||Fortress Press||2009|
|PC 631||Marriage and Family Care||Prof. Elizabeth Thambiraji||Allender, Dan and Longman III, Tremper|| Intimate Allies
||Tyndale House Publishers||1995|
|Goldenberg, I. and Goldenburg, H.||Family Therapy: An Overview, 8th Edition||Brooks/Cole Publishing||2007|
|Richardson, R. W.||Family Ties that Bind||International Self-Counsel Press Ltd||1995|
|Thomas, Garry||Sacred Marriage||Harper Collins||2002|
|DeMuth, Mary E.||Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture||Harvest House||2007|
|Kirwan, William T.||Biblical Concepts for Christian Counseling||Baker||
|PC 636||Spiritual Direction as Pastoral Care||Len Thompson||Nemeck, Francis Kelly & Coombs, Marie Theresa||The Way of Spiritual Direction||The Liturgical Press||1985|
|Moon, Gary and Benner, David||Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls: A Guide to Christain Approaches and Practices||IVP Academic||2004|
|Barry, William||Spiritual Direction and the Encounter with God: A Theological Inquiry||Paulist Press||2004|
|Fryling, Alice||Seeking God Together: An Introduction to Group Spiritual Direction||Intervarsity Press||2008|
|PL 633||Essentials of Christian Leadership||Terry Fossen||Brady, Chris, & Orrin Woodward||Launching a Leadership Revolution||Business Plus: New York||2005|
|Ford, Leighton||Transforming Leadership: Jesus’ Way of Creating Vision, Shaping Values & Empowering Change||InterVarsity Press: Downers Grove, Illinois||1991|
|PT 540||Spiritual Formation||Allan Effa||Foster, Richard||Streams of Living Water [Available as a Kindle eBook at amazon.com]||San Francisco: Harper||2001|
|Foster, Richard and James Bryan Smith, eds||Devotional Classics: Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups||San Francisco: Harper||2005|
|Thompson, Marjorie||Soul Feast [Available as a Kindle eBook at amazon.com]||Louisville: Westminster John Knox||2005|
|PW 431||Introduction to Preaching||Lyle Buyer||Robinson, Haddon||Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages, 2nd ed.||Baker Academic||2001|
|Stott, John R. W.||Between Two Worlds||Eerdmans||1982|
|Sunukjian, Donald||Biblical Preaching: Proclaiming Truth with Clarity and Relevance||Kregel||2007|
|PW 538||The Art and Craft of Biblical Preaching||Lyle Buyer||Robinson, Haddon and Larson, Craig Brian Larson (eds.).||The Art and Craft of Biblical Preaching: A Comprehensive Resource for Today’s Communicators.||Zondervan||2005|
|Fee, Gordon and Stuart, Douglas||How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, 3rd ed.||
|Buechner, Frederick||Telling the Truth; The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy and Fairy Tale.||HarperOne||1977|
|Kushner, Malcolm||Public Speaking for Dummies: 2nd Edition.||Wiley||2004|
|various||(A series of articles will be made available on Moodle at the beginning of April.)|
|PW 631||Christian Worship||Allan Effa||Dyrness, William A.||A Primer on Christian Worship: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, Where We Can Go [Available as a Kindle eBook at amazon.com]||Eerdmans||2009|
|Labberton, Mark||The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God’s Call to Justice[Available as a Kindle eBook at amazon.com]||IVP||2007|
|PW 633||Introduction to Preaching||Lyle Buyer||Mathewson, Steven D.||The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative||Baker||2002|
|Green, Joel B. & Michael Pasquarello III (eds.).||Narrative Reading, Narrative Preaching: Reuniting New Testament Interpretation and Proclamation||Baker||2003|
|TH 531||Systematic Theology I||Randal Rauser||Fred Sanders||The Deep Things of God||Crossway||2010|
|Randal Rauser||Faith Lacking Understanding: Theology Through a Glass Darkly [available from Dr. Rauser for $15.00]||Paternoster||2008|
|Timothy C. Tennent||Theology in the Context of World Christianity||Zondervan||2007|
|Alister McGrath||Christian Theology: An Introduction 5th edition||Wiley-Blackwell||2011|
|TH 532||Systematic Theology II||Randal Rauser||Beilby, James and Eddy, Paul||The Nature of the Atonement||IVP||2006|
|Rauser, Randal||Faith Lacking Understanding: Theology Through a Glass Darkly [available from Dr. Rauser for $15.00]||Paternoster||2008|
|Tennent, Timothy C.||Theology in the Context of World Christianity||Zondervan||2007|
|McGrath, Alister||Christian Theology: An Introduction, 5th edition||Wiley-Blackwell||2011|
|TH 534||Christian Worldview||Randal Rauser||Cavanaugh, William||Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire||Eerdmans||2008|
|Rauser, Randal||You’re not as Crazy as I Think||Biblica||2011|
|Moreland, J.P.||Kingdom Triangle||Zondervan||2007|
|Nicholi, Armand M.||The Question of God||Free Press||2002|
|TH 634||Christian Apologetics||Randal Rauser||Hautman, Pete||Godless||Simon Pulse||2004|
|Craig, William Lane||Reasonable Faith 3rd Ed.||Crossway||2008|
|Rauser, Randal||The Swedish Atheist, The Scuba Diver and Other Apologetic Rabbit Trails||Intervarsity||2012|
|Koukl, Greg||Tactics: A game plan for discussing your Christian convictions.||Zondervan||2009|
|WR 523||Christian Encounter with World Religions||Joost Pikkert||Terry Muck, Frances S. Adeney||Christianity Encountering World Religions||Baker||2009|
|Hopfe & Woodward||Religions of the World||Pierson/ Prentice Hall||After 2006|