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Christopher Ocker

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2014 Distinguished Faculty Lecture

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 7:00pm

Dr. Christopher Ocker, Professor of Church History at San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS), will deliver the 2014 Distinguished Faculty Lecture.

"From Paris to Alcala: The Franciscan School and the University, 1219-1533"

2013 Distinguished Faculty Lecture

Digital Reformation: How Technology Shapes the Dynamic Classroom

The world is literally at our fingertips. Pull out your smart phone <tap tap tap> and you can Google huge libraries of information, see the world thanks to YouTube, and even converse via discussions boards, Facebook, Skype, and text. This ability to access information has revolutionized our culture, particularly how we view education.

Jody Passanisi, a.k.a. Jacqueline Pearce, (M.A. '05) with her colleague Shara Peters astutely observes in a post at Scientific American, “[E]ducated people were those who knew a great deal of information about one or many subjects...In this 'Age of Information,' access to facts and data is no longer available only to the educated elite...So, as a society, what is an 'educated person'?”

Articulating an answer to that query is difficult, but most educators agree that the Digital Revolution has changed the way that students learn and how we live everyday. So it's no surprise that more conversations and alterations are taking place to incorporate technology as a key component in the classroom.

Christopher Ocker

Christopher OckerSan Francisco Theological Seminary
Professor of Church History
Core Doctoral Faculty Member

At GTU since 1991

Th.M. and Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary
M.Div. Fuller Theological Seminary
 

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