Our courses are all interactive online eLearning modules, which provide teaching content as well as interactive activities to get you actively involved in your learning. Most of our courses are offered to groups of participants, so you also have the opportunity to interact with others in online forums and activities.
Course modules are generally offered over a period of one to two weeks and during that time, you are free to work at your own pace according to your schedule. If you fall behind you can request an extension.
We have chosen the Moodle online classroom platform which is reliable and easy to use. Our online classroom can be accessed from your computer, smart phone or tablet. If you have never experienced online learning before, don’t worry – it doesn’t take long to get used to this new technology.
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Online Course Modules
Understanding Your East Asian Friends Part 1
The “Understanding your East Asian Friends” course will equip you to befriend Internationals and build bridges into local international communities. It will help you engage in simple friendship building and provide a basic understanding of unique characteristics of East Asian culture that will help you avoid misunderstandings. This first course looks at the importance of cross-cultural understanding. This course is around 6-7 hours over a two week period. This is not a webinar. Within the two week period you are free to work in your own time – there are no real-time components to the course.
Understanding Your East Asian Friends Part 2
In this second part of the Understanding Your East Asian Friends course, we unpack important aspects of the East Asian mindset and examine how they play out in everyday life. We look at concepts like “face”, “politeness” and “relationship”, as well as “indirect communication” and working with people from “honor-shame” cultures. We will also consider the Asian understanding of the “spirit world”. This course is around 6-7 hours over a two week period. This is not a webinar. Within the two week period you are free to work in your own time – there are no real-time components to the course.
China’s Ministry of Education reports that as of 2014, there has been a total of over 1.5 million Chinese students and scholars return to China. Last year alone over 300,000 Chinese students and scholars returned and some estimate that as many as 10% of them return as “Christians.” Sadly the reality is that many come to Christ while overseas. Yet few return well, connect with the body of Christ locally and continue to walk faithfully. Experience shows that less than 20% of Japanese and Chinese returnees who have become Christians while overseas will connect with a Church or fellowship when they return home. This course should take around 6-8 hours total, over a two week period. This is not a webinar. Within the two week period you are free to work in your own time – there are no real-time components to the course.
Understanding Cultural Values
We all have cultural values. They are what we believe is good or best in the world around us and they influence the way we think, act and respond. Different cultures have different cultural values and a lot of cultural misunderstandings come from these differences. This course will help you to understand your own cultural values as well as equip you with tools to understand the cultural values of others. This course will take about ten hours over a two week period. It includes key content, interactive activities as well as forum discussions. This is not a webinar. Within the two week period you are free to work in your own time – there are no real-time components to the course.