Religion and Technology: Innovative Approaches to Teaching and Learning

By Catherine Holtmann and Nancy Nason-Clark.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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Teaching and learning about religion in Canada takes a variety of forms. While some continue to learn about religion from participation in religious groups, many people no longer affiliate themselves with organized religion. Nevertheless, Canadians continue to value religion and are curious about all things religious and/or spiritual. As scholars who are actively engaged in the sociological research on religion with major multi-collaborative projects and who have taught undergraduate courses for many years, we have developed innovative uses of technology in both the public dissemination of research findings and in the classroom. This paper will highlight how we have employed and evaluated a variety of technologies such as the creation of a website and the use of Blackboard, blogging, and videos to create interactive teaching and learning environments that move people beyond tolerance and accommodation of religio-cultural particularities to deep respect and celebration of differences.

Keywords: Sociology of Religion, Domestic Violence, Teaching, Hybrid Learning, Technology, Blogging

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.105-116. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 538.514KB).

Catherine Holtmann

Graduate Student, Sociology Department, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Catherine Holtmann MDiv, MA is a doctoral student whose sociological research focuses on religious women and social action in Canada. She has a particular interest in Catholic women in secular and faith-based movements for social change. Before returning to full-time graduate studies, Catherine worked in a variety of Christian ministries as well as a contract academic staff instructor of undergraduate courses on religion at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Since 2007 she has worked as a research assistant with the RAVE Project (Religion and Violence E-Learning) which provides resources for professionals working at the intersection of religion and domestic violence.

Dr. Nancy Nason-Clark

Professor, Sociology Department, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Dr. Nancy Nason-Clark is a social scientist by profession who has a very important story to tell. For over 20 years, she has been writing about what happens when abuse strikes families of faith. Through her books, her international speaking engagements, the workshops she conducts and the articles she writes, the message is clear: there is a holy hush hovering over most religious congregations when it comes to talking about abuse. Nancy’s creation of the RAVE Project is based on her desire to shatter that silence NOW! By combining the language of the spirit (religious-based resources) with the language of contemporary culture (community-based resources), every pastor and every congregation can be part of the solution to abuse.