D/OTE Competences

Professionality in D/OTE


What does it meant to be professional in our work in distance and online theological education?  As we strive for excellence and efficiency in all we do, this is an important questions as many of us are experiencing new ways of working.   In particular, we need to develop new competences related to managing D/OTE work, and to producing, delivering and evaluating D/OTE courses.

This is a Foundations in  D/OTEC course which introduces basic professional competences in distance and online theological education as defined by the Distance and Online Theological Education Competence framework (see D/OTEC,  category D). 

Course Outcomes

The specific competences developed in this course are:

  1. The ability to explain how D/OTE work is different from residential TE work
  2. The ability to outline a basic work cycle for D/OTE course production
  3. The ability to outline a virtuous cycle of D/OTE course evaluation

Course content
  • How D/OTE work is different
  • The D/OTE work cycle
  • Work cycles in context
  • A virtuous cycle for D/OTE course evaluation
  • Course evaluation: who, when and what


This course is co-authored by an international team representing five countries:   Rob Hayden (US),  Manal Mekhael (Egypt),   Clare Miller (UK),  Marvin Oxenham (Italy), Aleksandr Spichak (Russia).


Delivery mode

This is a self-paced online course.


4 hours of learning

ICETE Academy points

4 points

Completion requirements

To complete the course you need to engage with a set of instructional resources and videos, produce plans for evaluation and transformation of D/OTE courses you teach and participate in a final questionnaire on professionality in your life and context.  Before taking this foundational level course in the D/OTE series you need to complete the 2-hour preparatory level course  Competences for Distance and Online Theological Education

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