The Doctrine of Salvation: Course Introduction

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The Doctrine of Salvation: Course Introduction

  1. 1. Course Introduction The Doctrine of Salvation By Kevin G. Smith
  2. 2. WelcomeWelcome to this course on The Doctrine ofSalvation.If you have taken a number of courses with SATSbefore, you will immediately realise that thiscourse looks different to the others.Indeed, this is a new approach that may be thefuture of SATS. Let us explain.Course Introduction
  3. 3. A NEW APPROACHCourse Introduction
  4. 4. A New Approach This is something of an experimental course. In the past, the download and e- learning versions of the course were separate. In this experiment, we have brought the two together and given you the freedom to choose which assessment tasks you will take to complete the course.Course Introduction
  5. 5. A New ApproachIf this approach workswell, we shall probablyintroduce it in othercourses. We wouldgreatly value your feed-back as to how youexperienced this hybridapproach. (We hope youlike it.)Course Introduction
  6. 6. SELECTION OF ASSESSMENTSCourse Introduction
  7. 7. Selection of Assessments The most important change is that you now have a selection of assessment tasks. You can follow the traditional route (essays plus examination), or you may substitute one or more of those with interactive forum-based tasks. In short, you can choose the assess- ments that you prefer.Course Introduction
  8. 8. Selection of AssessmentsQuestion AnswerWhat will happen if I choose to You are only required todo all the assessment tasks? complete three of the six assessment tasks, but you are welcome to submit more. If you submit both options for a given assessment, only your highest grade will count towards your course grade.Course Introduction
  9. 9. WEEKLY FORMATCourse Introduction
  10. 10. Weekly FormatAnother big change is that the course page isdivided into study weeks. Starting from theofficial starting date of the course, it shows thestart and end date of each week. It also showsthe suggested study topic for each week. Undereach week, additional helpful tools will be madeavailable. The current week will always behighlighted on the course page.Course Introduction
  11. 11. Weekly FormatWhy the week-by-weekapproach? The primaryobjective is to help youpace your studies, bygiving you a clearindication of what youshould complete eachweek to keep on trackwith the course deadlines.Course Introduction
  12. 12. Weekly FormatWhy the week-by-weekapproach? The secondaryadvantage is that it allowsus to provide variousother features to enrichthe course. These mightinclude presentations,videos, opinion polls, andso on.Course Introduction
  13. 13. Weekly FormatQuestion AnswerDo I have to work according to No, the week-by-week break-the weekly timetable? down is just a guide. You may start early and run well in advance of the suggested timeline, or you may begin late and catch up as the course progresses. But please note the following:Course Introduction
  14. 14. Weekly FormatQuestion AnswerDo I have to work according to 1. The assessment tasks mustthe weekly timetable? be completed by the due dates. You may submit them early, but not late. 2. Certain features designed to enrich the course will only be available during the week to which they are related.Course Introduction
  15. 15. Expert TipIf having to scroll across all the weeks does notappeal to you, you can have MySats show onlyone week. At the top right corner of each weekthere is a little square. If you click on the square,MySats will hide all the other weeks. To show allthe weeks again, just click on the square oncemore.Course Introduction
  16. 16. VALUE-ADDING FEATURESCourse Introduction
  17. 17. Value-Adding Features This course design allows us to make available to all students some value- adding features that were previously reserved to e- learning courses. We trust that these optional extras will enrich the course for you.Course Introduction
  18. 18. Value-Added Features1. Week-by-Week Guide. This tells you exactly how far you should be with the study materials and assessment tasks, and what you should do each week.2. Opinion Polls. The weekly opinion poll related to the topic of the unit provides a fun way for you to tell us your opinion and to see what the general view is in the class.Course Introduction
  19. 19. Value-Added Features3. PowerPoint Presentations. Presentations like this one provide a convenient way to share important information and summarise content.4. YouTube Videos. We shall occasionally feature a YouTube video related to the topic of the unit.5. Expert Lectures. We shall provide links to some related lectures by world-class theologians.Course Introduction
  20. 20. Value-Added FeaturesQuestion AnswerDo I have to make use of these No, not at all! They are 100additional features? per cent optional. You can ignore every single one of them and still pass with distinction. They are provided to add value and enrich the course for those who wish to make use of them. (We hope you will find them helpful.)Course Introduction
  21. 21. The End ENJOY THE COURSECourse Introduction

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