Monthly Archives: September 2012

New Course: The Basics of e-Connect

It is required of the steward that he is found trustworthy. – 1 Corinthians 4:2

Here at OC we highly value the funds that God has given us to accomplish His will around the world and bring glory to His name.  Part of our financial stewardship is keeping track of the funds that He has given through the generous spirits of our donors.  To do that, OC uses an online financial management tool called e-Connect.  Each of our missionaries receives an account, through which they can steward the wealth that God has given and be found trustworthy in His eyes.

e-Connect, like any new application or system, can be confusing and discouraging without the right instructions and encouragement.  The OC Learning Center is offering a new course intended to guide our missionaries through the process of tracking and managing your funds and donors using e-Connect.

The Basics of e-Connect is a self-paced and self-directed online course which simply means that you can learn whenever you want, wherever you want, and however you want.  This also means that it has become available and will remain open to OC missionaries and staff whenever it is needed.

Part of being a good steward with God’s wealth is being educated about the financial tools that OC is using. For more information on The Basics of e-Connect click here.  Or…

Click here to get started with The Basics of e-Connect today!

Learning on the Go

Everyone is busy.  Those in ministry probably make that statement seem ridiculously understated.  We are busy, aren’t we?

Now you can take your OC Learning Center courses on the go.  Whenever you have a minute or two during the day you can use your smartphone or tablet to check out the Learning Center and catch up on some learnin’.

The Mobile Website:

You can reach the OC Learning Center on your preferred mobile web browser.  While our website is not yet optimized for mobile use, it does function.  You’ll be able to view files, upload assignments, and interact with other students.  Keep your ears open for news of a fully optimized mobile website.

For those on the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad:

  1. My Moodle – Free
    This is the official Moodle application.  It is still quite simple, but depending on your needs, this may be right for you.  You can upload pictures, videos, and audio into your personal file area.  You can view all the participants in the site or in your course.  And you can head directly to the mobile website.
  2. mTouch$2.99
    This app functions much better than My Moodle.  It allows you to view and participate in  any course.  Most of the activities are supported.  This cannot replace learning on your computer but it can make it easier to continue learning on the go.

For those on the Android:

  1. Droodle – Free
    This is a very simple application that only allows you to view your assignments for each course.  You cannot edit or upload to your assignments.  This can be useful for those who’d like to have a mobile reminder of your Learning Center assignments.
  2. MDroid – Free
    Allows you to view any file or forum in your courses.  You cannot upload or complete assignments.  This app is most useful in you need to catch up on reading or watching material in one of your courses while you’re on the train, bus, or airplane.

Check these out and see if they’ll fit your needs.  Of course, the best way to learn using the Learning Center is still our website: through a web browser on your computer.

Let us all know what you think of these apps in the comments below.

Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

You're safe with us!The OC Learning Center has recently written their very first draft of its Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.  The good news is you’re safe with us!  Please make sure you read them and are familiar with your rights and limitations.

For our OC missionaries, it is fully compliant with the policies that you’re required to agree to during your employment so you’re covered.

For our non-OC folks out there, please be sure to make yourself familiar with them.  If you’re registered at the OC Learning Center then you’ve already agreed to them but it’s important that you know you’re rights and limitations when it comes to how we use the information that you’ve given us and how we expect you to behave on the site.

Basically, we use your personal information only for use within the site itself – to keep a record of your achievements, enroll you in courses, stay in contact with you, etc.  We do not give this data to any third-party who will spam you or sell your information.

In addition, we also expect you to behave respectably and ethically on the site.  If you in anyway harm the site or any of it’s users, you will be removed and banned.

Essentially, OC and all its employees live according to the expectations and model of Jesus Christ.  We expect you to do the same.  We’ll treat you (and your information and intellectual property) with respect and we’re asking that you treat our users and website with respect.