D/OTE Competences

Community in D/OTE


Community is close to the heart of theological educators and many fear that something may be lost as we move into distance and online education modes.  Before engaging with how to cultivate D/OTE communities, however, it is important to focus on several other foundational issues, such as the place of autonomy alongside community or the differences between formation and pastoral care that happen in community. It is however also foundational that theological educators understand the institutional and teamwork dimensions of offering distance and online theological education, for it is a communitarian, not an individual, venture.  

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

Course Outcomes

The specific competences developed in this course are:

  1. The ability to explain why both community and autonomy are important for D/OTE students
  2. The ability to outline the difference between formation and pastoral care in a D/OTE context
  3. The ability to identify D/OTE team members and their importance

Course content
  • The importance of community and autonomy
  • Community in online contexts
  • Autonomy in online contexts
  • Formation and pastoral care in D/OTE
  • Teamwork in D/OTE


This course is co-authored by an international team representing seven countries:   Victor Priest Chukwuma (Nigeria),  Paul Clark (US),                  Diane Hockridge (Australia),  Eszter Ernst-Kurdi (Cameroon/Hungary), Manal Mekhael (Egypt), Billy Sichone (Zambia) and   Taimaya Ragui (India).  


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, suggest practical strategies for community-related aspects in your own practice and pass a self-grading quiz on key terms. 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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