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Origin of Learning ForTE

Stacy’s journey into educational technology began while teaching 7th grade religion. 

Even before class began, some students had decided they would hate the course and religion in general, because it was “boring”. Amused and undeterred, Stacy challenged both their assumptions of a religion class and what she as a religious person would talk about. In her 8th grade classes, she integrated philosophers, even those arguing against the existence of God, and for her 7th grade classes, she introduced religious topics through a familiar language– technology. The students were more willing to engage content when asked to create digital products instead of writing papers. Soon, the class assumptions stopped—but, more importantly, the religious assumptions stopped. Breaking her own assumptions about teaching helped Stacy break her students’ assumptions about religion and faith.

During an internship at the UVA Center for Teaching Excellence, Stacy coached multi-disciplinary faculty on course design, participated as a small group leader for the Course Design Institute, and co-authored a research article on how professional development workshops can encourage faculty to embrace new pedagogical models. In the third year of her doctoral program, Stacy collaborated with Debbie Gin of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) to design the first mixed-methods empirical study on faculty development needs in theological educators across the U.S. and Canada. These experiences, along with others, convinced Stacy that seminaries need someone with expertise in education and ministry to help leverage research-informed teaching and learning practices. So, she started Learning ForTE.

Learning ForTE supports organizations and individuals seeking to increase their capacity to offer formal and informal learning opportunities in hybrid and digital environments.


Brilliant and Strategic

Wartburg Theological Seminary received brilliant and strategic support from Stacy Williams-Duncan for implementing our innovative hybrid curriculum. We deliver education seamlessly to a single learning community of residential, synchronous distance, and asynchronous students in dynamic interactions with each other. I am extremely grateful for her gifts and expertise.

Craig L. Nessan
Academic Dean
Wartburg Theological Seminary

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2020-08-27T17:58:13+00:00

Craig L. Nessan
Academic Dean
Wartburg Theological Seminary

Wartburg Theological Seminary received brilliant and strategic support from Stacy Williams-Duncan for implementing our innovative hybrid curriculum. We deliver education seamlessly to a single learning community of residential, synchronous distance, and asynchronous students in dynamic interactions with each other. I am extremely grateful for her gifts and expertise.

An Outstanding Leader

Stacy Williams-Duncan was an outstanding leader for two different Wabash Center programs centered on building theological school faculty capacities for online teaching. These workshops were conducted in 2016-17 and 2018-19. In her capacity as a leader for the two workshops, she was adept at designing learning experiences that directly addressed specific online pedagogy issues. Faculty involved with our two workshop programs on online teaching found her work to be helpful as it both addressed their specific teaching questions and learning design issues.

Dr. Paul Myhre
Associate Director
Wabash Center

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2020-08-27T17:56:24+00:00

Dr. Paul Myhre
Associate Director
Wabash Center

Stacy Williams-Duncan was an outstanding leader for two different Wabash Center programs centered on building theological school faculty capacities for online teaching. These workshops were conducted in 2016-17 and 2018-19. In her capacity as a leader for the two workshops, she was adept at designing learning experiences that directly addressed specific online pedagogy issues. Faculty involved with our two workshop programs on online teaching found her work to be helpful as it both addressed their specific teaching questions and learning design issues.

No-Nonsense and a Joy to Work With

Stacy comes to the task of supporting educators equipped with years of experience in teaching, learning theory and technology. I found her to be a direct and no-nonsense coach whose love for teaching and learning is evident. She walked alongside me as I transitioned into teaching online without making me feel stupid for what I didn't know. Her ability to translate technical language into laywoman's terms facilitated the learning process. She is a joy to work with.

The Rev. Judy Fentress-Williams, Ph.D.
Professor of Old Testament
Virginia Theological Seminary

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2020-08-27T17:57:34+00:00

The Rev. Judy Fentress-Williams, Ph.D.
Professor of Old Testament
Virginia Theological Seminary

Stacy comes to the task of supporting educators equipped with years of experience in teaching, learning theory and technology. I found her to be a direct and no-nonsense coach whose love for teaching and learning is evident. She walked alongside me as I transitioned into teaching online without making me feel stupid for what I didn't know. Her ability to translate technical language into laywoman's terms facilitated the learning process. She is a joy to work with.
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