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Five Tips to Thrive in Online Learning

A world class learning experience is five tips away.
  1. Be really curious!  In every moment, want to know and understand more.
  2. Embrace a culture of learning over a culture of earning.  Concern yourself with learning and growing personally instead of getting that A+.
  3. Manage your time well.  Where are you going to carve out the time to devote to being curious and learning?
  4. Build connections.  Be aware of the people behind the course (instructors, learners, authors, etc).  Reach out and connect with these people.
  5. Leave it a little better than it was when you first came.  Contribute to the learning environment, your fellow learners, and the course.


What else might you add to this list to make it even better learning experience!


Joy, Hope, Cheer, But Mostly Shopping!

Christmas can be a busy time of year for everyone. And it’s important to settle down and take some time to remember the coming of our Lord in the flesh.

However, it’s also a time for excitement, laughter, and joy!  Enjoy this musical home light show from Tom BetGeorge and Straight No Chaser.

Tom BetGeorge also has home lights shows for Sarajevo (Carol of the Bells) and Star Wars.

We hope your home is filled with laughter this Christmas.  Merry Christmas!

Reduce Your Reading Load with these 8 Text Summarizing Apps

If you’re like me, you’ve got two bookshelves and a hard drive full of books and articles to read for your work and professional development.  Check out this article for 8 mobile apps that analyze documents and summarize them for you.

Source: Top 8 Mobile Apps For Text Analysis – eLearning Industry

How Do We Minister to 90% of the Unreached World Living in Shame?

“Globally, shame-based cultures are the most prevalent. For this reason a biblical theology for honor/shame cultures is missiologically imperative.”

-Jayson Georges

India is predominantly an honor-shame culture.Billions of people in Asian, Latin, African, and Islamic societies live in a shame-based culture.  Nearly a quarter of Western society likewise lives with the honor-shame dichotomy.  How do we minister to people who don’t respond to the Four Spiritual Laws or the innocence of the Lamb of God going to slaughter?

Honor-Shame societies regulate behavior through the motivators of honor and shame.  When a person does wrong, they receive shame instead of feeling guilt.  When they do what is right, they receive honor from the society.  “The primary motivation in social situations is avoiding disgrace and maintaining harmonious relationships” (Georges,  This cultural type is most often found in Asian, Latin, and Middle Eastern societies.

Without study and practice, it can be difficult for Westerners from a Guilt-Innocence culture to understand and appreciate the behaviors, feelings, and thoughts of those they are serving in an Honor-Shame culture.  Sometimes it can lead to confusion about how to minister, present the Gospel, or disciple. has numerous resources for missionaries to learn about Honor-Shame cultures.  In addition, you can access resources to evangelize and disciple those in Honor-Shame cultures.

All for free!

Rethinking your biblical theology in the context of honor and shame can be difficult and daunting, but is here to help.

Get started today!

Do’s and Don’ts to Achieve Flow

Flow – that uninterrupted working time of productivity and creativity.  Many of us have experienced it at one point or another, but struggle to experience it consistently or regularly.  Instead most of our working lives are spent trapped between deadlines and distractions.

Check out the infograph below to find some ways to avoid distractions and achieve that elusive Flow.

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Optimizing Workflow


Have you tried any of these methods?  What has worked for you?

Merry Christmas From Our Part of the World to Yours

Jesus Christ, the Righteous One, is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.  – 1 John 2:2

The only reason the world needs to rejoice and say, “Merry Christmas!”

The World Says Happy Christmas

This infographic is used with permission from Face For Business –

Merry Christmas
from the OC Learning Center!

Power Research with Google

WGoogle Searche’ve often been told that there is a wealth of information at our fingertips through the internet.  This is true.  However, the average user has trouble finding the needed information because he or she doesn’t understand how Google works and how to use it to it’s fullest potential.

Google has recently put together a free online course about why and how to use Google to search the internet called Power Searching with Google.  The course is made up of six modules and three recorded webinars.  It includes video instruction interspersed with interactive activities.

A second “advanced” course provides twelve challenges to help you discover some of the more advanced search strategies.  Help and instruction are provided when you get stuck.

Learn to search the internet more effectively and more quickly with Power Searching with Google and Advanced Power Searching.  This course is a good step on your progress to become an effective researcher in the information and technology age.

For the research-minded, combine this course with OC’s course for beginner researchers on the OC Learning Center called Finding Your Way with OC Research.  FYW is developed by Larry and Stephanie Kraft and Russ Mitchell.  Click here to find out more about Finding Your Way.