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Local Online: A Global Strategy

“When I heard about Local Online, it was like a breath of fresh air. We wished to move forward, and this is the way to do it.”
Dr Joanna Feliciano-Soberano, OC Network Director for South-East Asia

LOCAL ONLINE: A GLOBAL STRATEGY

COVID-19 has brought disruption, loss and trauma to every community around the globe, but a lesser-known impact is the massive change it has brought to theological education in the developing world. Strangely, the pandemic lockdowns have created a once-in-a-generation opportunity to lift the learning experience of hundreds of thousands of Bible college students through online education.

The demand for such programs in the Pacific, Asia, Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe is at an all-time high. Our Bible college partners quickly transitioned to e-learning in 2020. Now, they want to move forward and create high quality online education programs that will serve their local contexts and greatly extend the reach of their campuses. It would be unhelpful for these regions to be flooded with Western online content. OCA is working with our affiliates to help our partner colleges develop robust online education programs that are sensitive to each region.

Over three years, the strategy aims to assist over 200 key Bible colleges and increase the number of online theological students by more than 10,000.

Your support will help our partner colleges change the landscape of online theological education for the developing world.

Note: OCA has already received donations and pledges for over $5mil towards the total $10mil target for Local Online: A Global Strategy.


The strategy has three project components:

1. Capacity

Capacity development for 125 colleges by providing hardware, software, and e-library resources to assist with online delivery of courses.

2. Competence 

Lift the competence of faculty by creating new 'ICETE Academy' courses and running workshops for hundreds of faculty members globally.

3. Content
Content creation through a new 'ICETE Online' platform, making videos and other resources available to assist local faculty to create high quality courses suitable to their context.


Our affiliates

We are working with multiple mission organisations and dozens of experts in education and theology from the developing world, including:

The Overseas Council Network: Overseas Council USA, Overseas Council Europe, LeaDev-Langham (New Zealand), reSource Leadership International (Canada).

International Commission for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE)

Horizon Education Network

Theological Book Network

The Relay Trust


Strategy Launch Video

Local Online: A Global Strategy was virtually launched worldwide on 28th October 2021. You can watch the 1 hour video to learn more about our vision, how we're working with our affiliates and the progress that has already been made. Click the image below to head to our watch page.




More information

If you would like to discuss how you or your church can support Local Online: A Global Strategy, get in touch with us.

Email: office@overseascouncil.com.au or Phone: (02) 9635 4409

YOU CAN DONATE TOWARDS THE LOCAL ONLINE PROJECTS BELOW:

 

Project 1

LOCAL ONLINE - CAPACITY

IT HARDWARE, SOFTWARE AND CONNECTIVITY

Aim: To build on the IT capacity of our partner Bible colleges, allowing them to upgrade equipment and make online education programs possible. New enhancements will enable colleges to link with students enrolled in distance education programs with greater ease and accessibility. OCA assists the colleges to upgrade IT, cameras, online books and journals and student IT capacity. 

$200,000 TOTAL ($100,000 already raised)

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LOCAL ONLINE - COMPETENCE

TRAINING FOR ONLINE TEACHING METHODS

Aim: To develop pedagogy training courses for faculty to learn excellent online teaching methods. In partnership with ICETE Academy, new courses are being developed and regional workshops will be run. Bible college faculty from around the world will be able to access training that is sensitive to their context. The content will be translated into 10 languages. OCA assists the colleges to access courses and provide coaching on e-learning methods.

$50,000 TOTAL ($20,000 already raised)

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LOCAL ONLINE - CONTENT

DEVELOPING FRESH CONTENT SENSITIVE TO EACH REGION

Aim: To create extra resources for faculty to use when they create their online education courses. This will include a repository of video and other material hosted by ICETE Online. Key colleges will be invited to contribute to this repository, with the aim of producing 1,000 new video resources and extra material. All resources will be translated into 20 languages. OCA assists colleges to develop new online training programs for social disruption to help mobilise leaders and churches.

$50,000 TOTAL ($0 already raised)

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Donations can be made by:

  • Credit Card

    Please click the 'DONATE NOW' button below or phone the OCA office on:
    (02) 9635 4409

  • Direct Deposit

    Non tax deductible
    Acc Name: Overseas Council Australia
    BSB: 083 088 Acc No: 452 795 000

    Tax deductible*
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    BSB: 083 088 Acc No: 754 112 017
    *Only available on select projects

  • Cheque

    Please make your cheque or money order payable to Overseas Council Australia and post to:

    PO Box 346 Springwood, NSW 2777