Assessing Character and Virtue

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    The assessment of human formation is, quite simply, a difficult issue.  As theological educators, we are familiar with the assessment tools and procedures for academic achievement and for ministry skills. But how do we assess character education and spiritual formation?

    This course Assessing Character and Virtue is one of a series of ICETE Academy nanocourses drawn from the academic epistolary novel Character and Virtue in Theological Education (by Marvin Oxenham).  The aim of this particular course is frame some of the dilemmas and solutions in assessing character education.  Although character education is the main topic of application, easy parallels can be found to assessing spiritual formation. 

    You will read a chapter from the textbook, offer constructive criticism of how formation is assessed in your context and then imagine some practical solutions. 

    Course Outcomes

    This course will enable you be more confident in assessing formational objectives in your theological institution.

    Course content

    • Self assessment through humility and prudence
    • Questionnaires and reflective essays for self-assessment
    • External assessment and the measurement captivity
    • Ways forward in assessment
    • A formational assessment decalogue

    Other courses in this series

    1. A Vision of Virtue (CVE-1)
    2. Virtue: Sought, Caught and Taught (CVE-2)
    3. Curriculum with Character (CVE-3)
    4. Habituation and Virtue Practices (CVE-4)
    5. Assessing Character and Virtue (CVE-5)
    6. Online Character Education - Really?  (CVE-6)


    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 is the author of Character and  Virtue in Theological Education from which this course is drawn.

    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 a book chapter, contribute comments to an online Padlet and post in a discussion forum. 

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