APPL 685 - NURTURING FAITH: REIMAGINING THE EDUCATIONAL MISSION OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION IN THE CHURCH
WITH BERNIE POTVIN
CLASS DATES: JUN 25 - AUG 31, 2018
3 CREDIT HOURS
This course is a guide for re-imagining the educational mission of the church. If the educational mission of the church is to nurture faith in people, many old ideas regarding education need to be re-imagined into new practices. Many current practices need to be reimagined into more effective educationally and theologically sound ones. This course will provide you with problem-based learning designed set of experiences designed for you to imagine new practices in your ministry context. Through completing this course, you will be guided to propose, develop and then test one solution-a prototype-in your context (i.e. church, school, home and neighbourhood).
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Dr. Potvin is an educator and leader of educators-an overachiever-with experiences as a school and university administrator, university professor, classroom teacher and educational technical advisor and consultant for government and non-governmental organisations and external evaluator for university and church programs.
Having designed and led in the implementation of two accredited Bachelor of Education degree programs in Alberta and was the first appointed Associate Dean for both programs. Bernie has been a Superintendent of a small system of three schools.
Between 1996 and 2000 Dr. Potvin worked as Director of Learning Services, Baptist Union of Western Canada in Calgary. Has co-authored three books and written numerous articles and regularly asked to present on topics in education ranging from assessment and evaluation, creating hybrid and blended courses based on principles of effective classroom and group dynamics, concept formation and performance anxiety.
Dr. Potvin is co-founder of Old Guys in Action, a humanitarian group that promotes learning, engagement, networking and fund raising for charities such as Servants Anonymous Foundation, Cause Canada and Mully Children’s Family. We have raised over half a million dollars through cross country bike expeditions (Sierra Leone, Guatemala), marathons (Toronto, Calgary, Kenya) and annual Calgary Ice Breaker Polar Dips (Calgary). Currently I am a sessional faculty teacher at the University Calgary and hold an Adjunct Faculty appointment at Gonzaga University, both in Education.