Fall 2011 Online Courses
The registration deadline for the following courses is August 1, 2011. Coursework begins August 24, 2011 and ends December 16, 2011.
Limit of 30 students in any online course.
AccessCIU-SSM Alumni Highlights
Jason Ricks graduated in 2008 after earning his Master of Arts, General Theological Studies. The Ricks family joined SIM after graduation and served by teaching Bible and theology courses at Maranatha University College in Ghana, Africa. Last year they re-located to Tega Cay, South Carolina in order to serve with SIM-Sports Friends. Jason is working on the development and writing of training resources. The Ricks ask for prayer, that God would continue to use the universal language of sports to break down barriers which often keep people from hearing of the love of Christ.
Fall 2011 Weekend Courses
Are you within driving distance of Columbia? The following courses meet Friday evenings (6:30 - 9:15) and all day Saturday (8:00 - 5:00) once per month this Fall:
National ACCESS Award Received By Columbia International University In Two Catagories: Online and Hybrid
The Distance Education and Media Development department of Columbia International University (CIU) has been awarded the national ACCESS recognition for the 2011 Course-of-the-Year in the following two categories: ‘Online’ characterized by students working online at the same pace, interacting in discussion forums and ‘Hybrid’ which blends face-to-face teaching and learning with online technologies. The newly developed online course
MIN 5300 "Foundations of Spiritual Formation" was masterfully designed to cultivate formative student interaction by faculty member Dr. Shirl Schiffman
. This online course was augmented by the video production of Ken Summerall, Production Manager for Media Development. MIN 5300 was commended for its excellent forum interaction, video quality, webinars, “strong social presence” and “interactive credibility.” The second CIU course recognized was a hybrid course designed and taught by Dr. Daniel Janosik. THE 3720 "Apologetics"
was recognized for its scope of content and for the “motivational format of instruction” as well as the “combination of media and appropriate hybrid teaching methods.”
The Course-of-the-Year Award, co-sponsored by ACCESS and Christianity Today International, are peer-reviewed assessments which award outstanding new courses developed over the past 12 months by member organizations. Judging is based on instructional design, media/materials development, and learner support. These awards were presented to Columbia International University at the 40th Annual ACCESS Conference hosted by Moody Bible Institute in Chicago on March 9, 2011. This award was received by CIU representatives Rob McDole, Director of Distance Education and Media Development at CIU; Dr. Daniel Janosik, Online Instructional Designer and Adjunct Faculty for Apologetics; and Dr. Ron Kroll
, Director of the Doctor of Education Program.
ACCESS, the Association for Christian distance education, is a member organization made up of institutions of higher education, organizations that provide church-based and para-church training, and individuals involved in Christian distance education. Institutional members include seminaries and colleges with distance education programs, colleges and programs that focus on adult learners, distance education institutions, and other agencies that provide curriculum or support for leadership development and lay training.
Winter Studies 2012
Registration closes December 5, 2011. Coursework begins December 26, 2011 and ends February 17, 2012.
- January 9-13 - CNC 6001 Integration of Theology and Psychology - Dr. Larry Dixon and Dr. Al McKechnie
- January 9-13 - ICS 60XX TBA Zwemer Course
- January 9-13 - ICS 6022 The Hispanic Church's Perspective on World Missions - Dr. Broucek
- January 17-20 - ICS 60XX TBA Zwemer Course
- January 17-20 - ICS 7441 Church Planting in the 21st Century Context - Dr. Steve Beck
Faculty Focus: Dr. Mike Barnett
Dr. Mike Barnett
is the Associate Dean of the College of Intercultural Studies, teaching courses on church planting movements, leadership and teams, creative access (business and missions), and the history of global Christianity. He and his wife, Cindy, enjoy spending time with seminary and university students. They are active members of Hill of the Lord University Church in Columbia. They enjoy gardening, snow skiing, hiking, mountain biking, sightseeing, fishing, and coffee drinking. God’s call on their lives is to equip the saints for being on mission with God among all peoples on earth!
Dr. Barnett recieved his Ph.D. in Church History from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas and his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Seminary. B.A. in Geography from the University of Houston.
He and Cindy served 12 years with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention working in the 10/40 Window. Previously, he served as a minister of missions and church planter in North America. He has a business background and continues to work in international business development.
Visit his Faculty Webpage to see a list of books authored and co-authored by Dr. Barnett.