Online Connect

Online Connect supports Midwestern’s belief that theological education in the 21st century is more than a mere transmission of knowledge. Courses at Midwestern seek to engage, impact and challenge every student in the context of the church and academic community. Online Connect provides students with three options to engage, including outstanding conferences and lectures, supervised ministry in the context of your ministry or the completion of additional research.


Options to Engage


Conference & Event Option #1: Participate in an approved Midwestern conference, lecture series of event occurring during the semester of study. Following the conclusion of the event, the student will complete and submit to Canvas a reflection paper using the format found in the “Conference and Event Verification Form”. A list of approved conferences is available below:

Mon25

For the Church Conference

September 25 - September 26
Oct17
Nov03

FTC Ames Micro-Conference

November 3 - November 4

Supervised Ministry Option #2: The student will develop a list of questions based on the course and meet with a Midwestern approved Field Mentor or Faculty member related to the course topic. After discussing those questions, the student will upload to Canvas a verbatim report of the meeting before the course ends. Please use the “Sample Verbatim” as a guide for this assignment. To approve a Field Mentor, please fill out the “Field Mentor Personnel Qualification Form” and upload it to Canvas with the completed verbatim assignment.

Book Review Option #3: Write a critical book review of a book on the recommended reading list for your course. This report must utilize the critical book review format found on pages 64-69 of the Midwestern Style Manual (available from the bookstore) and be uploaded to Canvas by the last day of class.


Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Can one conference or on-campus event be used for more than one course? Yes, however you will be required to submit a reflection paper that is specific for each online course.
  2. Can I use one field supervision or faculty meeting for more than one course? No, each course will require a separate face-to-face field supervision or faculty meeting and verbatim report.
  3. Can the field supervision requirement be met by phone, Skype, Facetime, Google-Hangouts or other technology? No, field supervision requirements can only be met in-person (face-to-face) with an approved field supervisor or faculty member. .
  4. Can I receive Online Connect credit for a term B event if I am in a term A course? No, you can only receive credit for attending a qualifying event during the term of enrollment.
  5. Can I request an alternative reading to meet my Online Connect requirement? No, you must choose a text from the recommended reading list for your course.
  6. What happens in the event I do not complete the Online Connect requirement during the term? The Online Connect assignment is 5% of the total grade, and can not be made up after the final day of class.
  7. My field supervisor cancelled on me. What can I do? You may reschedule the supervision meeting for a later date, as long as you complete the assignment during the term, or chose to do the book review or conference option.
  8. Why do I have to do an Online Connect assignment? The Online Connect component of this course supports Midwestern’s belief that theological education in the 21st century is more than a mere transmission of knowledge. Online Connect seek to engages, impact and challenge every student in the context of the church and academic community.
  9. What do I do if there are no Conference Options available for me? If conference option is not available during your term, please choose either the field supervision or book review option.

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