Announcing Logos Mobile Education

Logos Mobile EducationAs one of the cofounders of Logos, I’ve seen and experienced every turn in the road of Bible software over the past 22 years. People often ask me if my son Bob—Logos’ CEO—or I ever imagined that Logos would grow the way it has: Did we anticipate that so many people would use computers for Bible study? The answer is always “Yes, we did!” Yet, despite that intuition, our forecasting was far from perfect. While we had a strong sense that digital publishing would drive biblical studies, the consequences of a whole world gone digital were unforeseen. That mega-shift has brought Logos to another crossroad.

The disconnect—and its solution

In simple terms, Bob and I envisioned Logos Bible Software being a powerful and comprehensive suite of digital resources that would grow with the user. Our guide was how people engage tasks and interests in real life. Beginners use beginning materials, and experts use expert materials. We presumed that users would master the software as they grew, gradually exploring books and resources that were compatible with their own advancing level of education, study habits, and application skills. In that sense, people would never outgrow the software or the library.  It was a neat, clean picture in our minds. In the real world, it hasn’t quite worked out that way. We failed to anticipate the now-transparent fact that education, study, and application skills often do not progress at the same rate as product and resource tool development.

This is understandable. Logos has been focused on equipping users for Bible study. The company is fundamentally a tool maker and a data resource provider. Logos has not had instruction in biblical content as a primary goal. Logos equips you with tools and resources, but we generally leave it up to you to learn how to use those tools and mine the resources.

Perhaps an analogy will illustrate the distinction—imagine Logos as a do-it-yourself auto repair shop equipped with all sorts of clever tools. The shop would provide you with access to the right tools, but that doesn’t mean you would know how to build or repair cars. The disconnect is obvious. An array of tools does not produce a mechanic. Tools do not teach someone car repair or engine assembly. While the tools of a mechanic are related to car repair, there is little cause-and-effect relationship. Along the same lines, having the best Bible software and a huge library of resources does not provide you with a Bible college or seminary education. Having the tools does not automatically result in having a grasp of the Bible and biblical doctrine.

The time has come for us to address this problem. That’s why I am pleased to announce the launch of another Logos innovation—a brand-new division of the company: Logos Mobile Education.

Why Logos Mobile Education is unique

Logos Mobile Education offers an educational experience that takes place entirely within Logos—and could therefore be designed only by Logos. You already know Logos is a unique product—a library of digital books, databases, research tools, and primary language resources seamlessly integrated with each other. Logos recently launched the Faithlife social network, as well as iPhone, iPad, and Android mobile versions of Logos Bible Software. These decisions were strategic, and Logos Mobile Education takes advantage of all of them by offering a completely mobile education experience within Logos.

Logos Mobile Education courses include expert professors recorded in HD video. Lecture content is broken down into brief segments, usually five to seven minutes long. Our team of graphic artists add text to help viewers follow the lecture, along with images and infographics. Every video is transcribed for cross-referencing and tagging within Logos, so the video content can be discovered in searches, just like books within Logos; this makes your course part of your permanent library. Transcripts of courses are further enhanced by professional, academically trained editors who have added syllabi, course readings, course objectives, and easily navigable headings. Screencast demonstrations are added to lectures to show students how Logos can be used to validate lecture content and illustrate how Logos is the premier tool for biblical studies, theology, church history, or any subject a Logos Mobile Education course might cover.

Logos Mobile Education offers both solid content and practical training in Bible study, consciously focusing on the central role of library resources in the learning process. Integration with the Faithlife social network puts you in touch with other students with the same interests. Your mobile device and computer are your classroom and workspace.

Watch, read, search, learn—wherever you are, whenever you want, as often as you need to. No other educational environment offers a seamless, permanent, and repeatable educational experience, all at the pace of your own life. Logos Mobile Education—it’s education where you are!

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14 Responses to “Announcing Logos Mobile Education”

  1. rich walker May 22, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

    Does the school possess a doctrinal statement? Unlike a car, there are many approaches to building an understanding of the bible and not all of them are equally good.

    • Dale Pritchett May 24, 2013 at 9:37 am #

      This is a good point and I think we will consider a doctrinal statement. Within the boundaries of a general doctrinal statement there will still be plenty of room for debate.

      This comment is copied from my forum post. — Our course designers create all the links based on course perspective and the actual word by word text of the lecturers. They are naturally going to link to compatible resources to the points of the lecture. Choose a course with professors with whom you agree and there will be very little to dispute with the attendant links.

      Our goal is to offer multiple courses from various theological perspectives. For those who desire it, there will also be courses offered that highlight multiple perspectives from adherents to those respective positions. We are facilitating the learning process, not embracing a single viewpoint. The links always go to background and support material for the current course perspective.

      • Jennifer A. Broussard May 28, 2013 at 9:12 am #

        Great question and response and the reponse answered the question I posted on the forum. Knowing the doctrinal “bent” of the course beforehand is important. Yes, I have taken theology courses which required me to read “Five Views on the Doctrine of …”. I understand the need to know about the views of others even if one disagrees with those views. It helps to solidify one’s own views or correct them. The Word of God is, indeed, shaper than any two-edged sworn and does tend to cut through the … But, I always knew at DTS the underlying theological position of both the institution and the professor, so I felt safe in exploring these other “ideas.” I look forward to seeking how Logos will apprise its (are we called “students” if we subscribe) of this important information.

  2. Pam Peltz May 22, 2013 at 10:16 pm #

    Sounds like it will be expensive.

    • Dale Pritchett May 24, 2013 at 9:46 am #

      What is expensive is quitting your job and moving your family to go to school. This program is a positive response to the rising cost of education.

  3. John Besse May 23, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    How do you propose t deal with Scripture/Tradition/Theology/Ecclesiology…? Does Logos plan to bridge and parse even it’s own Divisions? As I understand the current products we buy and choose but do not cross swords in the forums or otherwise. I suspect you will need a separate set of forums!
    John

    • Dale Pritchett May 24, 2013 at 10:03 am #

      Scripture/Tradition/Theology/Ecclesiology are subjects begging for courses. People are not reading their books or selecting their education in full view of others. Public debate is a personal choice. I suspect many people will stick to private groups and be very selective in the courses they select.

      Each course automatically features a private Faithlife community group for everybody who enrolls in the course. This too is a permanent resource that stays with you. We also expect users and academic cohorts to form study groups to create their own Faithlife private groups .

  4. Hentie Ellis May 23, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    Awesome news!

  5. John Besse May 24, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    Thoughtful responses.sounds like we are not being asked to climb or jump off of particular doctrinal doctrinal cliffs.
    John Besse

    • Mike Heiser May 24, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

      Correct. Naturally, speakers will let students know where they are at in a given issue, but in “101″ kinds of courses, the aim will be broad exposure. Instructional designers will also be linking to material that will present more than one view. We’ve been talking about creating “4 views of XYZ” courses that will better cater to controversial topics.

  6. Curtis Bessette May 24, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    Awesome News! Will these courses be accredited? Something that could be acknowledged for credit/prerequisites at leading seminaries/colleges? Perhaps the ability to take the classes as an ‘audit’ for a less expensive price, and credit option at a more costly, yet very valuable price? Logos Univerci†y :)

    Shine

  7. Michael May 27, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    Dale,
    What about having weekly Logos labs? I participate in weekly trading labs for stock trading (using Adobe Connect). It would be great to have weekly labs for hermeneutics, exegesis, homiletics, contemporary church issues, etc. Have a teacher/moderator for students to connect in a live classroom laboratory where the focus is on students questions and the “teacher” could walk them through the steps and resources in Logos to direct them through the steps to help answer the questions/do the research. For example, you could go through the lectionary scriptures each week and do some exegesis and application in preparation for a Sunday sermon/teaching.

    The obvious advantage would be focusing on the users’ needs, the expertise of the teacher/moderator, hands-on learning Logos and all its resources. It would also motivate users to buy more Logos resources. :)

    • Dale Pritchett May 28, 2013 at 9:16 am #

      Michael, good ideas.

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