What are you Asking?


Learning is a complex multidimensional process that goes far beyond cognitive input. But how can we design true quality learning?   Here is where the role of questions is essential.

Whether you are teaching on-line or in person, oral or highly literate learners, students engaging in a basic discipleship course or preparing for doctoral studies, quality learning emerges from quality questions. Recognising that our students are whole people, we can enrich their learning experience at every level, designing questions that touch not only the mind, but also our character and behaviour.

Our service as theological educators will improve greatly as we develop quality questions at higher levels of cognitive learning, across the affective domain of learning, and in the promotion of behavioural learning through dialogue between theory and practice.

Course Outcomes

This course aims to provide theological educators and curriculum designers with a toolkit to design questions for quality multidimensional learning.

Course content
  • Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • Analytical Questions
  • Synthetic Questions
  • Evaluative Questions
  • Other Cognitive Questions
  • Keeping Your Questions “Open”
  • Affective Questions
  • Behavioural Questions
  • Some Final Words of Advice


This course is authored by Dr Perry Shaw. Perry is currently Researcher in Residence at Morling College (Australia), and previously served many years as Professor of Education at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut. Perry has had a long-term passion to see theological schools create and implement multidimensional purpose-driven curricula that promote the development of missional leadership. His areas of expertise include theological perspectives on theological education, curriculum development, teaching methodology, and educational psychology. TTE2Perry is the author of Transforming Theological Education, and this ICETE Academy is an adaptation of the material presented in chapter 17 of the second edition (published by Langham in 2022). If you are interested in further strengthening your instructional competences, you are urged to purchase this text, which focuses on guidelines for excellence in teaching through Parts 2 and 3 of the book

Delivery mode

This is a self-paced online course.


10 hours of learning (online work and project)

ICETE Academy points

10 points

Completion requirements

You will need to complete the learning sections, develop a series of quality questions a pass quiz assessing your basic knowledge and understanding of question writing.

Course enrolment key


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