The Open Learning Program provides an effective means for the University to serve students at a distance on a global basis through online learning, recognizing that working students prefer to:
- Have quality instruction by educators with an infectious enthusiasm for their field;
- Complete their courses quickly;
- Acquire the content of their courses;
- Have access to their instructors in a timely fashion;
- Be treated as adult peers rather than as adolescents;
- Have their courses offered at the places and times most convenient to them;
- Participate in interactive teaching;
- Encounter faculty members sensitive to the needs of adult learners; and
- Have educational objectives that are primarily job-related.
Our online students acquire information through viewing, listening, reading, thinking and writing. They demonstrate synthesis and application by completing a variety of assignments and projects. Response is by means of computer conferencing, discussion forums, e-mail, fax and telephone. The University provides interaction with, and structured access to, faculty members; however, students must be comfortable working independently to complete their distance learning courses.
Every course in our online programs of study is defined by a formal syllabus which outlines the objectives for that course, the methodology for attaining those objectives, the outline for the course, the books, materials, videos and references which are required to achieve the objectives, the requirements for student involvement in the course and the examination, evaluation and grading process which will be employed in that course. In addition, each syllabus establishes the basis for interaction between the instructor of the course and the students enrolled in that course, as well as interaction among students.
Courses Available Through the Open Learning Program
In the Open Learning Program, individuals may enroll as non-matriculated students in online courses numbered 100-399 and in selected 400 level online courses as follows:
THL 412 Epistles of Paul I (3)
THL 413 Epistles of Paul II (3)
THL 416 General Epistles and Revelation (3)
THL 421 History of Christianity I (3)
THL 422 History of Christianity II (3)
THL 467 Historical Geography of the Bible Lands (3)
THL 473 Archaeology and the Old Testament (3)
Students are permitted to accumulate twenty-four (24) semester hours before having to meet regular admissions requirements. A non-matriculated student can apply a maximum of twenty-four semester hours earned through the Open Learning Program to a baccalaureate degree, eighteen to an associate degree, and fifteen to a diploma or certificate. Grades earned through the Open Learning Program become part of a student's permanent academic record.
The purpose of the Open Learning Program is to make available theology and other coursework in a distance learning format to persons not seeking completion of a credential (a certificate, diploma, or degree). Enrollments are accepted on a non-credit basis or audit for those who are not interested in academic credit but who are studying for personal satisfaction. Those seeking to enroll in these courses may register online in a simple procedure by completing the online Application for Admission. Registration may be either for the first (autumn or fall) or second (spring) semester. The Registrar assists individuals who have questions about registration in Open Learning Program courses.
Enrollment as a non-matriculated student does not constitute regular enrollment at the University nor does it entitle students to privileges accorded matriculated (regular) students. Courses in the Open University Program are taught at a college and university reading and writing level. Generally applicants should be graduates of a public or private high school or have completed the G.E.D. We recognize exceptions.