Re-Viewing Social Presence in Light of Jesus’ Friendship with Implications for Online Theological Education
Timoteo D. Gener
Asian Theological Seminary Manila, Philippines
Abstract: Gener presents Christian friendship as a biblical and theological model for increasing social presence in online theological education. As more schools adopt technologically mediated distributed education, a concern for the academic and spiritual formation of students arises. Gener argues that Christian friendship, as modeled by Jesus, counters a tradition in which the teacher remains distant from the student and can lead to increased social presence, thereby making teaching and formation more effective.