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Friday, June 5th
3:00 PM

Faith Thinking Foundations: Online Religious (Meta)Literacy Education Within a Congregational Context

Rebecca Klemme Eliceiri, University of Missouri - Columbia

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM


Online religious literacy education framed within metaliteracy in a congregational context is a little-researched topic. Congregational religious educators tend to focus more on in-person educational opportunities regarding static content and facts about religion or devotional materials and methods than providing members with the educational processes, tools, and framework needed to explore their faith questions and other theological and religious topics for lifelong learning from an integrative critical-devotional perspective. Available literature within the subject area of online religious and theological education generally focuses on the educational endeavors of seminarians, clergy, and students within K-12 educational institutions, thus leaving unaddressed the unique concerns and potentials of serious online religious and theological education for congregational members. The current study addresses this omission via qualitative and quantitative evaluation of an online religious literacy course, Faith Thinking Foundations, at Liberation Christian Church in St. Louis, MO, through narrative research, interviews, and surveying congregational members in their use of and attitudes regarding the course. The author examines available literature for online education within the areas of religious and theological studies, including that regarding evaluation and assessment of online courses, religious, and theological curricula. The author proposes that serious online religious and theological education is worthwhile for laypeople as well as seminarians, clergy, and other religious scholars. In conclusion, this project, by examining the role that the Faith Thinking Foundations online course has on congregational members, offers new insight on the potential of online religious learning for all of God’s people.


Faith Thinking Foundations, metaliteracy, information literacy, online education, religious literacy, theological literacy, religious education, Christian education

Informative, Formative, and Transformative Reading in Christianity and Islam

Iulian Vamanu, School of Library and Information Science, University of Iowa
Elysia Guzik, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The Crossroads of Embracing Content Management: Using the BeagleBone Black Microcomputer to Host Omeka.

Michael D. Wells, Northern Kentucky University
Craig Rosenbeck, Graduate Student- University of North Texas

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

As organizations are concerned about managing their content, it would be advantageous to know alternatives to outsourcing the content management to "the cloud". When decisions need to made because of budget or staffing restrictions, alternative solutions can be a challenge. The purpose of this presentation is to explore an alternative solution to host digital content in house for small libraries. This work seeks to explore using the single board computer called "BeagleBone Black", to host the institutional repository software Omeka. There are advantages to being able to host organizational content in house, and this solution could be an alternative that allows a library to have more control at a lower cost.

This project will take the reader through process of ordering, setting up the BeagleBone Black with Ubuntu, and then installing Omeka. The authors will show conclusions and suggest next steps for the reader to take if they are interested in replicating the work. The intent is to make the reader aware of cost effective solutions to manage content and be able to share it with the community they are trying to reach.