St. Hilda’s, Santa Helena, Belize, Central America. Preparing for service. Photo copyright Fr. Shaw Mudge.
Answers to questions.
How does online distance education help students in Belize?
Our online seminary program is the only seminary program in Belize. Without us, there is not anything.
But not all students stay in Belize. Our program enables students to continue their courses from anywhere on the globe. Some students travel to visit relatives. Some travel for medical reasons, and so forth.
For instance, in the past month or so, one student has been continuing studies from California. Another student kept in touch from the UK. Back in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, another student participated in one of our interactive sessions from Harlem in New York City (the lights were on there, although not in lower Manhattan).
Furthermore, students travel around Belize, and during rainy/hurricane season or at night, road travel is not always possible or advisable. Our online seminary courses enable students to continue their studies wherever they are in Belize, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as long as the Internet is accessible.
Online education takes into account that Belizean students may not be able to be online for any length of time because of power failure or other circumstances, and our free Global Online Anglican Theological College (GOATC) online program enables students to take courses and download notes as they have access to the Internet.
For our live courses, I post my notes online in case students could not make the classes for power reasons or other matters. And if I am traveling, I can post notes ahead of time, so that students can download them and read them off-line, as would be convenient.
It is a timely program. God bless you all, and thank you for your support,
Fr. Shaw, and on behalf of Mtr. Julie.
Examining Chaplain, Diocese of Belize
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