D/OTE Competences

Technology in D/OTE


Technological competences may not always part of the previous training and experience of theological educators and institutions, but they are essential as we move in to D/OTE delivery. For example, how do we use online learning platforms both in the design and delivery of our courses?  Or how about media?  What is their place and how do they enhance learning?  And what about the abundance of online resources that are already on the internet?  How can we leverage this wealth of information and tools?   Or, finally, do we understand the possibilities and limitations of the different devices students use and do we design our educational provision with this in mind?

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

Course Outcomes

The specific competences developed in this course are:

  1. The ability to  explain the difference and importance of platforms, tools and devices in D/OTE
  2. The ability to  identify media production people and resources
  3. The ability to explain what online content management is

Course content
  • The different and importance of learning platforms and their tools
  • Devices: their difference and importance
  • The place of media
  • Using online resources
  • Technology to transform lesson plans


This course is co-authored by an international team representing five countries: Eszter Ernst-Kurdi (Cameroon/Hungary),  Clare Miller (UK), Marvin Oxenham (Italy),   Taimaya Ragui (India) and 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, list the benefit of technologies used in the course, make plans to transform a lesson plan with selected technologies 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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