D/OTE Competences

Communication in D/OTE


What happens to communication when we do not have a residential campus where we can meet face-to-face, talk to each other, use classrooms for lectures, offer student services in campus offices and design lounges for informal interaction among students?   Education is about communication, and when we adopt distance and online theological education delivery, we need to develop new competences in communication that go beyond those needed in traditional residential and face-to-face educational contexts. 

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

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
  • How D/OTE communication is different from face-to-face communication
  • Examples of institutional and teacher-student communication in D/OTE
  • The importance of good communication for D/OTE students
  • The importance of student participation in D/OTE
  • Strategies to enhance communication


This course is co-authored by an international team representing five countries:  Victor Priest Chukwuma (Nigeria), Paul Clark (US), Pauline Golder (Australia),  Eszter Ernst-Kurdi (Cameroon/Hungary) 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, devise D/OTE communication strategies for a course you teach 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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