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Online short course opens up possibilities

ALC’s second ever online short course—the Gospel of Mark—commenced on 9 July with over 50 participants, many of whom had taken part in the first short course in May. As with the first course, the geographical blend of learners has been intriguing, with individuals joining in from all around Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea.

Led by New Testament senior lecturer Dr Stephen Hultgren, the aim of this 3-part series has been to provide participants with an appreciation of the Gospel of Mark, its distinctive picture of Jesus as well as its invitation to discipleship today, which can both challenge us and give us hope.

Feedback from those engaged with ALC’s new online learning program has been overwhelmingly positive and it has been a real joy to see ALC’s learning community diversify and grow.

Commenting on the participation of Martin Luther Seminary staff and students, Lecturer Mick Hauser said, ‘We have found the sessions with Dr Hultgren very informative and they have helped to give shape to who Christ is in the Gospel of Mark. Despite network limitations in PNG and exorbitant data costs, MLS has been testing its capability to connect with such online events, firstly to enhance learning for our Masters students and then also the broader student community. We are happy to maintain a link with ALC through events such as these and give thanks for the assistance ALC and the LCA’s Mission International has given, to enable this type of learning.’

Plans are underway to expand ALC’s online short course offerings into 2021. If there is a particular subject area that you believe could be popular, please email: alc@alc.edu.au.