Expertise in Faiths & Cultures & eLearning

Peter uses both his cross cultural theology and eLearning expertise to develop training for situations where people interact within and with different faiths and cultures. 

Both his Masters dissertations address aspects of interaction from different angles (see Resources for copies).

Faiths & Cultures eLearning Portfolio

(See also under eLearning Design Portfolio for further examples, also highlighting design methodology used)

Course Background: This course was developed from a series of monologue videos on Prayer for Churches.

Course Structure: 5 x 40 min sessions to run online or in church groups. Topics on Purpose of Prayer, Time & Space for Prayer, Role of Revelation, Relationships & Research

Sample Content:

Participants could click on each footprint to display an idea for ways to pray. Footprints conveyed the metaphor of taking steps:

The relevant section of the group was highlighted depending what footprint they chose:

As each footprint was selected, previous ideas remained. Thus when all footprints were clicked, a full list of ideas was displayed:

Another session encouraged groups to Prayer Walk in their neighbourhood:

Course Outcome: This course gave opportunity for groups to commit to prayer together, but in a much more interactive and interesting format than simply a talk would do.
Course Background: This Communication Skills course was developed from existing classroom content, although activities here were designed for the digital context.

Course Structure: 2 x 90 min sessions to run online or in church groups. First part of course was on Talking Skills, second part on Listening Skills.

Sample Content:

Participants could drag and drop each part of Scripture into either Attitude or Behaviour boxes depending on which it would primarily bring about a change in.

They then received feedback on their choice (only simplified feedback shown):

A further activity let them discuss whether good or bad (or unknown) attitudes and behaviours were occurring in selected Scripture stories:

They then made their choice by clicking on the Smilies. Suggested Answers enabled nuances between attitude and behaviour to be highlighted:

Course Outcome: This course enabled groups to examine how they 'do church' at a micro level, namely, how they regularly interact with one another. There may not be right answers in these stories, motives can always be murky, but it gets people thinking about the link!
Course Background: This blended course was developed from content from various 'need to know' books on Cultural Awareness to help churches to be contextual to faiths around them.

Course Structure: 1 hour online followup session after a face-to-face session where learners met (and learnt how to meet) people from different faiths and cultures.

Sample Content:

People apply what they've learnt from the face-to-face session via quizzes:

Multiple choice options provided fit with what has already been raised in the face-to-face session:

Since understanding culture is complex, learning nuances are highlighted in answers provided. Quizzes are thus much more important than simply knowledge checks:

Course Outcome: This course helps people to prepare for encountering different faiths and cultures, which is challenging for some. This session helps them apply their learning to their own future working context.
Course Background: This course connects learners to each other, to the trainer and to their own latent experience of different faiths. A video of life in multifaith and multicultural Southall invites them to share their own background of living in faith contexts but safely in an online forum!

Course Structure: 1 hour of online training before meeting faith practitioners face-to-face at their worship centres.

Sample Content:

Encouraged to partake in a closed forum after viewing video of people of different faiths 'doing' everyday life:

Course Outcome: This course raises awareness of faith backgrounds and how it outworks in everyday life, prior to meeting people from different faiths face-to-face.