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Online Judaic Studies Consortium - Creating a Community of Learners through Online Judaic Studies Courses
Four years ago, Virtual High School (VHS, Inc.) was offered the opportunity and the challenge to create a program that would provide online Judaic studies courses to Jewish day schools across North America. The opportunity was exciting. We knew our expertise and experience was us up to the task; the Virtual High School has provided online General studies offerings to public and independent school for almost 25 years. The challenge with this specific project, however, was daunting because of the numerous questions we faced.
Updated: Jun. 13, 2019
Should Jewish education be available to Jewish children everywhere? Today, most people agree in theory that every Jewish child should have access to Jewish education. However, for many Jews in many Jewish communities around the world, this has been a near impossibility. As technology has developed, the opportunities for online Jewish learning - where students can be taught by professional teachers who do not live nearby but who can easily interact with them on a digital platform - has developed into a compelling solution for many of these challenges.
Updated: May. 20, 2019
A few months ago, my friend and colleague Josh Miller from the Jim Joseph Foundation asked me to share my thoughts about a new research report, now titled The Future of Jewish Learning Is Here: How Digital Media Are Reshaping Jewish Education, by Prof Ari Kelman et al. As I read through this interesting paper, writing notes and comments to myself, I suddenly understood: engaging in Jewish learning online is now “a thing!” Just as one can engage with sports, obtain financial information, get updated on current events and prepare oneself with regard to traffic and weather all by surfing the internet – one can study Jewish topics. What this research demonstrates, in multiple ways, following different personal stories and use cases, is the very fact that many people find content relevant to their Jewish life online. It is no longer one anecdote, and it is not just to look up candle lighting times or prayer service hours. You can learn Torah online.
Updated: May. 01, 2019
Since 1987, the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation has been working to rebuild Jewish life in Central and Eastern Europe, opening schools, kindergartens, youth centers and summer camps in areas devastated by the Holocaust. With the launch of its online learning platform in 2012, the foundation focused on bringing formal Jewish education to areas where the Jewish presence isn’t large enough to sustain a brick-and-mortar facility. Begun in Poland in 2012, the Lauder E-Learning Schools now provides online instruction in Hebrew and Jewish studies to more than 250 students in six European countries.
Updated: Mar. 20, 2019
How do people learn to be Jewish now, amidst a flow of media and online platforms, of text and video and audio that is mostly free and on-demand, and that competes with more traditional sites, sources, and structures of Jewish education? With support from the Jim Joseph Foundation, my research team at Stanford’s Concentration in Education and Jewish Studies, including Professor Antero Garcia, Dr. Molly Zielezinski, and Dr. Mia Bruch, tried to answer this question.
Updated: Mar. 20, 2019
Project Zug is Mechon Hadar’s online learning platform. Participants choose a course that interests them, and receive the materials online, to learn on their own schedule. Zug means “pair” in Hebrew, because Jewish learning is traditionally done in a havruta – a two-person partnership. All Project Zug participants have a partner, either in person or online, with whom to navigate the course: to question, to debate, and to build a relationship.
Updated: Mar. 07, 2019
This course will be different from any you have taken until now, both pedagogically and technologically! The assignments and activities on the course take place in a unique virtual world. Until now the emphasis in courses on multiculturalism has been to introduce the student to the other by means of films, stories and articles. But it hasn't been possible to get to know the other personally, and even to step into his/her shoes. On this course, in order to get to know the other and be exposed to different cultures, we will approach multiculturalism from a number of angles; we will enter a virtual space where we will meet people and get to know something of their worlds.
Updated: Mar. 06, 2019
One of the most common questions we hear from teachers is: How are other teachers using Sefaria in their classrooms? Sefaria’s Education Team has created a new group on Sefaria to help answer this very question. “Pedagogy on Sefaria: Exemplary Lesson Plans” is a public group in which we curate sample lessons that showcase innovative ways to leverage Sefaria's technology in the classroom. These lesson plans, created by experienced teachers, are a starting point for thinking about how to integrate Sefaria into your teaching.
Updated: Jan. 16, 2019
MOFET Online Seminar: Challenges in Evaluating the Study of Hebrew as an Additional Language (in Ivrit)
This year’s MOFET online seminar for the teaching of Hebrew to beheld between January 7 – 17, 2019, will focus on assessment and challenges it poses to teachers and to the planning of learning processes. Assessment is a central component in teaching and learning processes, and in order to perform it correctly and effectively, professional knowledge and mastery of skills are required. In the field of language instruction in general and teaching Hebrew as an additional language, special issues must be addressed, including: How to assess the mastery of language skills (reading comprehension, listening comprehension, written expression, and verbal expression)? Which methods of assessment are appropriate and which are not appropriate? How can technological applications help evaluate?
Updated: Nov. 11, 2018
Students in small and large communities are desperate for active and engaging Jewish learning.These experiences must accommodate 21st Century teenagers – busy, tech-savvy teens, who want to stay Jewishly engaged, if the time, activities and location, meet their needs. As traditional religious school programs are experiencing sharply decreasing participation, a paradigm shift is definitely needed to meet the challenges of the social changes of the 21st century. Jewish Journeys, a project of the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, has created an innovative model that utilizes the computer and the internet to provide a personalized Jewish educational program to meet the needs of both students and parents.
Updated: Sep. 02, 2018