In Tips for Teaching Interfaith Online, four faculty discuss challenges, opportunities, and best practices for teaching interfaith topics virtually. In reflecting on their own experience, they share insights, strategies, and resources for facilitating excellent online learning experiences.
“Students love to use tech, and if you give them three or four methods, it is possible to do all the things you would do in the classroom.” – Dr. Barbara McGraw, Professor of Social Ethics, Law, and Public Life and founding director of the Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism at Saint Mary’s College of California
“The challenge is to remain both effective and authentic in online environments.” -Professor Dawn Moore, the Business Faculty Lead at Martin University
“I encourage my students to engage the religious diversity around them. As the teacher, I have to remain flexible and nimble in order to meet students where they are, even if that means revising assignments at the last minute.” -Dr. Hans Gustafson, the director of the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at the University of St. Thomas
“The biggest challenge for me was figuring out how to navigate religious differences when we were not face-to-face.” -Dr. Younus Mirza, Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University and Director of the Barzinji Project at Shenandoah University.