For over 25 years, Larry Caldwell, Chief Academic Officer and Dean, has served as a missionary and been involved in theological education around the globe. He shares his thoughts on how the underlying philosophy of the Kairos Project can work well in global contexts.
Outcomes-Based Education is an educational philosophy that focuses on the outcome not the pathway. Schools work with stakeholders to identify and articulate learning outcomes for programs, then decide how it will assess whether or not students have reached those outcomes.
We've embraced an outcomes-based philosophy of education that permeates every program and educational track. Some students interact with that philosophy by taking a traditional course in a traditional way, while others interact through distance education and contextual learning opportunities.
Roughly 70 students attended the recent Kairos Project intensive. Students came from three countries, two continents, and several states. All had one thing in common: they were here because someone told them about it.
As we enter into the third year of the Kairos Project at Sioux Falls Seminary, I am more convinced than ever that mentor teams and contextual learning are great ideas. This reality should come as a surprise to no one.
Agile Program Development is a method by which schools can develop programs that meet a need and are responsive to student and market realities. This philosophy embraces the idea that we are not the keepers of pedagogical truth.
As we enter the third year of this project, it is helpful to reflect on some of the early results and what we have learned. Today, we look at results as they relate to the impact Kairos has had on curricula, assessment, and efficiency.
The Kairos Project has been up and running at Sioux Falls Seminary for two academic years. We are entering our third year, and students in the program account for nearly one-half of all the seminary’s master-level students. We have learned a lot over the past two years.
Two years ago, Sioux Falls Seminary embarked on a remarkable journey as we launched a new educational paradigm called the Kairos Project. In our first announcement about the program, we talked about our desire to shift the focus of theological education.
The new academic year began last Monday. Students returned to campus and are journeying together on the road of theological education. Faculty and administration are committed to making theological education more affordable, accessible, and relevant as they remain faithful to their calling as servants of God.