April 9, 2021
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Next Tuesday afternoon
Coaching Online Facilitators

April 13, 2021  3:00 - 4:30 pm ET

Teaching online is hard! You can’t see your students; you don’t know when they’re engaged and when they’re tuning out; the students have trouble interacting with each other; and the technology so often gets in the way that the experience can be frustrating rather than engaging.

How can we help teachers learn to teach online in ways that are engaging, interactive, and fun? How can we coach our presenters so they’ll feel comfortable moving away from the “talking head with a PowerPoint” model of teaching, towards pedagogies that will provoke thought, encourage questioning, and hone judgement?

Rev. Stephen Fetter has been offering online continuing education online for church leaders since 2011. Join as he shares some of the things he’s been learning about:

  • How to make webinars engaging
  • How to frame discussion questions that provoke active learning
  • How to use polls as discussion starters, rather than simply as reporting mechanisms
  • How to brainstorm and prioritize, so that people feel like they’re learning something instead of just reporting
  • Tech tips: know your tools; plan a rehearsal; set up appropriate lighting and backgrounds
  • How to keep the technology demands low, so that people with low bandwidth or limited computer-intuition can engage the material, rather than struggle with the tech

Stephen Fetter manages the United-in-Learning program of the United Church of Canada's General Council, which delivers about 60 webinars a year for the continuing education of clergy and lay church leaders. He's also a member of the ALLLM Leadership Team


Register for April 13 Webinar

Time to Renew Your Membership with ALLLM

We hope you will join us in supporting the many exciting initiatives planned for this year.  We have been pleased with the great interest in our free webinar series offered on a regular basis, usually on the second Tuesday of the month.  It is an opportunity to connect with other practitioners across the US and Canada.  And a major project this year is the mapping of continuing education in North America through a major survey involving seminaries, colleges, universities and judicatories.  We are also grateful for our partnership with the Religious Education Association (REA). 

You can be a member of both ALLLM and REA at a discounted price o:
  • $70 for retirees and students ($30 ALLLM plus $40 REA)
  • OR $140 for individual practitioners ($60 ALLLM plus $80 REA). 
Or you can simply renew your ALLLM membership for 2021 at onl:
  • $45 for retirees and students
  • OR $75 for practitioners. 
Go to and click on MEMBERSHIP in the menu.  You will then have the opportunity to choose your level of membership.  If you have any questions, please contact Rick Rouse, ALLLM Vice President, at   Help us shape the future of leadership and learning!   

ALLLM Survey

The Association of Lifelong Learning in Ministry (ALLLM), the professional guild supporting directors in lifelong learning, is launching a research project.  The goal?  To map the landscape of continuing education in North America for the first time in nearly 40 years – and we need your help!

Phase 1 of the research project is a survey designed to give us an overview of lifelong learning initiatives – who is leading them, how they are structured, what they provide.  What we do know is that these programs exist in a variety of locations – seminaries and theological schools; denominational judicatories; and conference, camp, and retreat centers.  What we don’t have is a single, comprehensive database with all of the program directors.

Help us today. Click the button below to fill out the survey for your own program. And forward this invitation on to anyone else who might have things to add.

Click HERE for more information

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