The Toolkit

Supporting Media Learning

How can you provide valuable experiences without living in "tech support" mode?


Anthony Guillén knows how to support learners on the way

If there’s one thing theological educators know about our students—and, if we’re honest, ourselves—it’s that it takes them and us time to learn new skills.

And we realize your time is tight.

So part of our goal on this page is to save you time. We’ve culled through the best handbooks, how-to videos, and other guides to get your students up and running with new tools and new ways of ministering. Where they don’t exist, we’ve committed to creating them.

There’s a more important reason why this page exists, though. It’s because all of us bring to the work of creating something new a fear that we can’t do it.

Listen to these excerpts from our research transcripts:

“[Students need] a sense of openness and curiosity, a practical theology of the possible. Fear is a hurdle to overcome.”

“[I]f we’re asking people to do creative things, or risk-taking things in terms of digital media, then there’s a responsibility to be able to know what fears, to discern what fears are involved, and to be able to remove those fears from that environment.”

“I’m very, very about making mistakes, giving things a shot, learning from an experimental attitude. It may be a complete disaster, and I’ve told them that multiple times. ‘I’ve never done this. Who knows?’ [Use] the educational experience as an opportunity for wonder and experimentation or to just see what happens.”

Our own experience of the inevitability of mistakes and frustration—plus the absolute necessity of a willingness to learn by doing—is why we were so excited that cultivating a posture of experimentation was one of the literacies our study participants identified.

The resources below should help you and your students make your experiments fruitful. They offer starting points, reflection questions, guides to creation tools for both novices and experts, and sometimes step-by-step instructions or processes guidelines.

Whether you’re looking for support yourself or wanting to resource your students, we hope the lists below are encouraging and empowering.


Background image: “Gemeentemuseum The Hague” by John Valk via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)