Catholic Institute of NZ introduces eLearning with Faith Updates

The newly formed Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand (TCI) has integrated eLearning into its course offerings.

A series of online modules, Faith Updates, has been created to complement the Institute’s courses and has been designed to offer people a learning experience that they can access from the comfort of their own home.

“By utilising new technology we can offer a range of new opportunities for learning,” says The Catholic Institute’s Director Professor Anne Tuohy. “We want to make our Faith Updates not only accessible and convenient but also fun. These small six week courses present a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in learning more about their faith to engage in the rich history and tradition of our Church in new and exciting ways.”

The Faith Updates comprise a total of nine hours of work in three parts. They include a range of material and activities comprising podcasts, YouTube clips, readings, quizzes and some follow-up work in between.

The first round of online Faith Updates has now finished and participants have been asked to complete an online evaluation, the results of which will be used to enhance future online offerings.

“These courses were designed in such a way that allow busy people to fit their study schedule in around the commitments we’re aware often limit people’s ability to spend time on extra activities,” says TCI’s eLearning co-ordinator, Susan Wilson.

“They’re accessible to people across the country and include online forums that encourage people to engage with others which helps strengthen the learning experience.”

“At the moment we have courses on Social Justice, Scripture, Theology, Christology and Church History,” she says.

The Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand (TCI) was established in 2011 by the Catholic Bishops of New Zealand. TCI is a registered PTE offering nationally accredited NZQA courses and qualifications from Certificate,  Diploma and Masters level in all of the New Zealand Dioceses. 


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