Media programs (Education)

Multimedia preaching in a university environment

Author
J. Raymond Goetz
Abstract
As humanity moves into the third major stage of communication the church must examine new methods for preaching. This thesis states that multimedia presentations will be useful for reaching the "electronic generations" in the post-literate world. This project presented the same homily to four different university groups. Two groups heard the homily and saw a simultaneous video presentation. The other two heard only the oral/aural presentation. The participants answered questionnaires, and two groups participated in focus group discussions. Quantitative results were neutral, with a slight leaning in support of the thesis. Qualitative data favored the thesis.

A history of the use of technology in education at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

Author
Richard N Stewart
Abstract
Use of technologies as a tool for pedagogical presentation at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia [LTSP] is traced. Letter-writing in scriptures as teaching tools, literature reviewed 20th-century use of electronic tools for educational presentation, and the use of technologies at LTSP documented. Glass photographic slides for worship courses in the 1920s, preceded Kodachrome film in the 1930s. Oral recording of sermons in the 1940s, video recording in the 1960s, construction of a television studio in the 1970s, and personal computers in the 1990s had LTSP as an early adopter. 21st-century media convergence with computers produced a wireless campus.

The graphic gospel: preaching in a postliterate age

Author
Jay R Akkerman
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to determine which factors related to congregational receptivity toward the use of visual media in preaching by exploring factors including generational group, gender, dogmatism, postmodernism, and postliteracy. the study consisted of a researcher-designed, cross-sectional quantitative survey of attitudes toward the use of visual media in preaching. The survey was completed by 113 respondents age fourteen or older at New Hope Community Church of the Nazarene in Tempe, Arizona. The research findings contradicted the popularly held notion tying age to receptivity toward visual media, and understood the importance of pastoral integrity in a visual hermeneutic.

Utilizing media for laity training on serious illness

Author
Virgil M Fry
Abstract
The project incorporated research into the area of video media that is currently available for church curriculums. Films that were pastoral in theme were the primary focus of this research. A document was completed which addressed the theological and practical considerations of utilizng media in church educational programs, as well as the impact of media upon US culture and churches. The project then addressed the pastoral role the author fulfills within the Churches of Christ while functioning as a hospital chaplain. The development of a 39-minute video directed towards enhancing laity's Christian response to the seriously ill was the final aspect of the project. Resources were utilized to help focus upon script writing, patient interviews, and securing visual supplemental materials. After these components were completed, the editing process began, blending all of these components plus utilizing decision-making skills of the author's hospital experiences and the resource persons' editing expertise. The final result has been a 30-minute video that includes a study guide for further discussion and readings.
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