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Christ the King Seminary to pilot distance learning at Canisius, St. Bonaventure
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Christ the King Seminary will be piloting a Distance Learning program for two of its Continuing Education classes during the Fall 2010 semester. The new program is intended to provide more options to help students access the Seminary’s courses in the manner most convenient to their lifestyle and needs. Students who register to take either “Theology of God” (Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. beginning September 14) or “The Gospels” (Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. beginning September 16) will be given the option of taking the class at the Seminary’s East Aurora campus or taking it via video-conferencing technology at Canisius College or St. Bonaventure University.

Plans also include expanding the pilot program to include Niagara University for the Spring 2011 semester. No matter where the student takes the course, it will be a live and interactive experience, facilitated by two-way communication with the instructor.

The pilot program will give those potential students who are unable to travel to East Aurora the ability to take a class there while staying closer to home. “We know there is a desire throughout the Diocese for people to enrich their faith and participate in spiritual and personal growth and formation,” said Deacon Don Weigel, Coordinator of Academic Services for the Seminary. “However, given the wide geographic area of the Diocese, some people would have to travel great distances in order to take a course at the Seminary. This is a way to bring the courses to them.”

The Seminary will use the feedback of the students and instructors of these classes to evaluate the distance learning program and make adjustments for future course offerings. “Our first priority is to provide a quality educational experience for our students,” says Deacon Weigel. “These next two semesters will help us to learn how technology can do that in a way that is convenient for today’s students.”

The Continuing Education schedule and registration form can be accessed through the Seminary’s Web site at www.cks.edu. Questions can be directed to Deacon Don Weigel, Coordinator of Academic Services, at (716) 655-7092 or dweigel@cks.edu.

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