Integrating Learning Management Systems in K-12 Supplemental Religious Education

Integrating Learning Management Systems in K-12 Supplemental Religious Education

Dana C. Hackley (Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA) and Mary Beth Leidman (Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3676-7.ch001
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Abstract

The separation of church and state in the United States brought more reliance on congregations for religious education. As a result, there is a long history of supplemental education within the walls of churches, synagogues, and mosques. However, there is an increasing pressure on American congregations to remain technologically relevant in order to teach digital natives the prayers, traditions, and morals in which their faith is founded and thus continue to grow the community. Yet, in most cases, the integration and adoption of such technology proves exceedingly challenging. The following case study focuses on the challenges specifically faced by Jewish congregational religious schools when adopting e-Learning tools. Discussion encompasses one attempt to integrate the learning management system, Moodle, into a congregational religious curriculum.

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