Free eLearning Course at Prairie (July 23, 2014)

Prairie Bible Institute has just launched its first free for-credit online course. The free one-credit Theology 100 offering is completely online and participants will have two months to complete the course. Students can expect online lessons to include video lectures, discussion forums, quizzes and textbook readings.

“I think people will find the course relevant and engaging even if they’ve never taken post-secondary classes before,” comments Janet Osborne, Administrator for eLearning at Prairie. “We’ve designed it to be accessible to anyone ranging from high school students to retirees.”

“There’s never been a more important time for each and every Christian to grow in their understanding of theology,” says Dr. Anthony Siegrist, Associate Professor of Christian Theology.  “Information and change come at us at a furious pace today, and learning how to faithfully read and live Scripture is crucially important.”

Last year the school trialed four courses on Apple’s popular iTunesU platform. The courses, The Gospels, Introduction to Christian Theology, Christianity in the Modern World and Theology & Practice of Worship, continue to average about 500 downloads per month.  According to Dr. Glenn Loewen, Dean of Education, there are many resources available to Christians today, but post-secondary study can offer something unique. “It is a conversation that includes a knowledgeable professor, a variety of learning resources and a community of other learners,” he says. “All three allow students to dig deep and answer challenging questions about what they believe and how they should live.”

Prairie has been offering Distance Education courses worldwide since the 1950s. What began as paper-based correspondence courses for overseas missionaries is now transforming into dynamic online learning accessible from anywhere in the world. 

Mark Maxwell, President, understands the opportunities presented by online learning: “Not everyone can pack up and come to Prairie for a year or two. Moving our courses to an online format makes it easier for learners to take advantage of excellent teaching—whether they are individuals transitioning to overseas mission work, new believers looking for deeper study or committed lay leaders hoping to stay current.”

Theology 100 opens August 1 and students can register anytime before or after this date. Interested individuals can learn more and self-register at




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