To help priesthood leaders understand this new type of seminary class, these resources contain instructions and guidelines regarding the phased implementation of online seminary.
After receiving significant and positive results from pilot testing of online seminary, the Church Board of Education has approved the phased implementation of this program. Online seminary is a new addition to the existing daily, released-time, and home-study seminary classes. Online seminary is not intended to replace established daily or released-time classes. Preference should be given to classes where students meet daily face-to-face. Online seminary will be made available in areas that consist mostly of stake seminary programs (not released-time areas).
Online seminary classes should be considered in situations where students cannot meet each weekday because of distance or other limiting factors. Priesthood leaders should consider the number of students available and the distance students must travel, as well as security, availability of technology, and local economic conditions. Online seminary is preferred to home-study classes when students and teachers have daily access to a computer with a high-speed Internet connection.
Priesthood leaders should talk with their local Seminaries and Institutes (S&I) coordinator regarding the availability of online classes in their area. Only a limited number of classes will be available in areas just beginning phased implementation. If an area is participating in the phased implementation, the decision of whether or not to offer an online seminary class and who may participate in the class will be determined locally by priesthood leaders in counsel with S&I coordinators.
Students complete online assignments on four days of each week. Additionally, the teacher and all students meet together for one class each week. If it is not possible to physically meet face-to-face, approved web conferencing tools should be used for the class to meet together. The initial classes will be available only in English.
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