Educating in Emergency

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    As this course is being written (March 2020), the world is experiencing an emergency known as the COVID-19 outbreak.  One of the effects of this emergency is that governments are closing down schools and encouraging people to avoid contact in order to slow down the spread of the virus.  

    This has a direct impact on theological institutions whose delivery relies mostly on residential, face-to-face patterns.  What should be done if an institution is suddenly asked to close and interrupt all residential delivery?  

    Course Outcomes

    This nanocourse offers some suggestions on how to respond to an emergency shutdown of a theological school and provides an opportunity to dialogue about solutions. The course is especially suitable for theological educators in areas affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, but many of the principles can also apply to other contexts of emergency.  

    Course content

    • Doing something in emergencies.
    • Thinking about communication lines.
    • Minimalizing teaching.
    • Being realistic.
    • Considering social messaging platforms, such as WhatsApp, for emergency delivery solutions.


    This course is authored by Dr Marvin Oxenham. Marvin is the ICETE Academy Director, General Secretary of the ECTE and Programme Leader for the MA in Theological Education programme at the London School of Theology. He lives in Italy, a country that was particularly affected by  COVID-19 as the course was being written.  His fields of expertise are in educational philosophy, character education, accreditation and online education. 

    Delivery mode

    This is a self-paced online course.


    This is a nanocourse, entailing 2 hours of learning.

    ICETE Academy points

    2 points.

    Completion requirements

    You will need to read watch a selection of videos, share your experience in a discussion forum and experiment participation in a WhatsApp group.

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