9 comments | Posted: 18 February 08 in Featured, by Nathan Smith
I have been meaning to feature the Denver Seminary site for some time now. I first came across this site via the portfolio of Mark Priestap. Being a seminarian myself, I am inclined to agree with this quote by Maxie Dunnam, former president of my school – Asbury Theological Seminary…
As goes the seminary, so goes the pastor… so goes the church.
As is the case with a systematic view of theology, I think there are technological implications as well. It is for this reason that I am always pleased when I see seminaries leading the way in terms of the web. Not only is Denver Seminary well designed, but it is semantically coded and overall just feels solid.
There are a few code errors here and there, but for the most part it all comes together cohesively, with a consistent look and feel across the entire site. It is powered by the Ekklesia 360 content management system, which is built specifically for ministry sites. More importantly, is how it’s used.
The information architecture for Denver Seminary breaks out across several categories: Become a Student, Current Students, Alumni and Mentors. While most schools have areas for prospective and current students, it is refreshing to see Alumni being featured. This gives a feeling of continuum by keeping the community abreast of where graduates end up serving in ministry.
I am also glad to see Mentoring emphasized, as this was something I felt was lacking in the structured curriculum of my seminary experience. (To its credit, Asbury has since begun to incorporate mentoring directly into the various degree plans.) It is one thing to teach principles in a scholarly setting, but equally important to instill those values directly in future leaders via relationships beyond the classroom. To that, I say bravo.
Another cool aspect is the use of Moodle for the online learning component. Moodle is a PHP driven, open source project aimed specifically at helping educational institutions. This is something that is incorporated by both Denver and Asbury for correspondence classes. Being currently enrolled in a class powered by Moodle, I have to say it is a pretty nice format.
I summation, great job by Mark on the design, Monk Development on the CMS and the dedicated people at Denver Seminary for bringing it all together. It really stands out amongst seminary sites as one of the best.
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