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Creative Teaching in Pakistani Contexts

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    There is no doubt that the lecture is the primary pedagogical tool that is used in theological education.  But is it always the best tool to promote learning?  When we do choose to lecture, are there good and bad ways to go about it?

    Ultimately the success or failure of our education rests on what happens in the classroom. Implementation of the finest holistic and integrated curriculum eventually comes down to the teacher-learner dynamic. Unfortunately, since few of us are trained in educational sciences,  we tend to revert to the approach by which we ourselves have learned – lecture and assignments.

    In this course the traditional method of the lecture will be assessed in light of educational research and alternative creative approaches to learning will be suggested. 

    Course Outcomes

    This online course supports the TEF Conference workshop that introduces creative approaches in teaching theology (Lahore, Pakistan, March 2020).  The specific aims of this course are to help you better understand and practice learner-centred creativity as it relates to teaching theology in Pakistani contexts.

    Course content

    • What's Wrong with Lecturing?
    • Diversifying Instructional Methodologies
    • Some Creative Ideas
    • Design a Creative Lesson Plan
    • Test your Creative Lesson Plan
    • Reading Assignment on Creative Teaching 
    • Lesson Delivery and Reflective journaling 


    This course is authored by Dr Paul Sanders, using materials of Dr Shaw and Dr Oxenham.   Paul has been academic dean and then director at the Institut Biblique de Nogent (Paris), and provost of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary of Beirut (ABTS). He has also saved as board chair of the European Evangelical Accrediting Association (EEAA), director of the Middle East Association for Theological Education (MEATE), and international director of the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE). Now retired, he serves as professor, consultant and facilitator of theological education projects in the Francophone and Arabophone worlds.

    Delivery mode

    This is an event-based course that will be employed during the training workshops as a resource and interaction platform.


    10 hours of learning (combining workshop attendance and online work).

    ICETE Academy points

    10 points

    Completion requirements

    You will need to participate in all the workshops, complete a set of reading assignments, deliver a creative lesson plan in your context, and reflect on feedback.

    Course enrolment key

    Restricted access. Participants will receive the Enrolment key by email.

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