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Strategies to Make Learning Stick

By Esther Blair

Studying seems like a pretty straightforward process, common sense even. But look back at what you learned and try to remember it. Strategies such as highlighting, rereading, cramming, and repeating key skills turn out to be ineffective ways to learn and retain information, according to research.

Psychologists have come up with several proven strategies to help teach students to learn and retain information more effectively.

Dual Coding: Combine words and visuals

Linking visual elements such as a chart, graph or image with the information being presented can help reinforce learning.

“And when we say visuals,” Megan Smith, Cognitive Scientist and co-founder of The Learning Scientists explains, “we don’t necessarily mean anything specific, so it depends on the types of materials. You could have an infographic, a cartoon strip, a diagram, a graphic organizer, timeline, anything that makes sense to you so long as you’re depicting the information both in a way with words and a way with pictures.”

Make a point of connecting visuals to learning material and allow students to create their own images and charts from the content to reinforce the information even further.

Retrieval Practice: Practice bringing information to mind without the help of materials

A lot of students think of studying as simply re-reading notes, PowerPoints, textbooks, or other materials. But having the information right in front of us doesn’t force us to retrieve it from memory.

Decades of research have shown that making yourself recall information helps strengthen your long-term learning, says Henry Roediger, Ph.D., a psychologist at Washington University in St. Louis.

Teach students how to put this into practice- have them put away their devices, notes and books, and have them write out or discuss in groups everything they know or remember about a topic. When they are done, have them check their material for accuracy and discuss any questions or misconceptions in class.

Interleaving: Switch between ideas while you study

While practicing new skills is important to learning, research says we will actually learn a skill more effectively if we mix our practice of one skill with other skills.

In one study published in Psychological Science in 2008, psychologist Robert Bjork, Ph.D. notes that “interleaving forces students to notice and process the similarities and differences among the things they’re trying to learn, giving them a better, deeper understanding of the material.”

This strategy may be difficult for teachers to implement during lectures or lessons, but students can certainly make use of it during their own study time.

Spaced Practice: Space out your studying over time

Cramming is not a great study strategy, as many of us know well. Spacing out information over time makes for greater retention of material.

Teachers can help students apply this strategy by assisting them in putting together a studying calendar to plan out how and when they will review chunks of content, and by designated time in class each day for review.

Want to learn more? Visit http://www.learningscientists.org/ to access free resources such as podcasts and printables to learn more about effective study strategies. New content is added continuously!

ABOUT THE REGENT UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Christian. Top-Quality. Affordable. Regent University has been ranked among top national universities by U.S. News & World Report for two consecutive years (2019 & 2020). Its programs have also been recognized among the Top 5 Online Graduate Education Programs in Virginia for seven consecutive years. Regent graduates are empowered to make a difference in lives, which has led to more than 850 alumni being recognized as Teachers of the Year in Hampton Roads since 2004. Experience the Regent difference.

Building Great Parent-Teacher Relationships

By Esther Blair

“It takes a village to raise a child.”

Research shows that a strong parent-teacher relationship boosts student achievement and outcomes, especially for lower-income students. These relationships don’t just happen though — parents and teachers must be partners in the education of their students.

While not every parent is going to want to be involved in every aspect of their child’s schooling, there are things that teachers can do to build a partnership with parents to benefit the students they have been entrusted with teaching.

Send home parent surveys

At the beginning of the year, send home a survey to each of your student’s parents or guardians. Most parents love the opportunity to tell others more about their child, and it will provide you with insight to the strengths, weaknesses and unique traits that each student possesses.

Create monthly newsletters

Include learning objectives and goals for the month ahead and list any important dates that parents may like to know about (ex: Spirit Week or a big upcoming project) and let them know how they can contact you if they need to. Keeping parents in the loop reduces the opportunity for miscommunications or misunderstandings and can help build trust.

Contact parents with good news

Usually, parents and teachers only really talk if something is going wrong. Build relationships with parents by letting them know when their child stood up for another student or when they worked especially hard at mastering a new skill. Sharing successes lets parents know that you see their child as an individual and may allow for better communication in the future.

Manage conflict well

Let’s face it, sometimes phone calls with parents can be as tense as if you were a hostage negotiator. Whether you had to let a mom know about unwelcome behavioral issues or a father is upset with a grade their child earned, parents may attach a great amount of emotion to the topic at hand.

In these moments stay calm, don’t take the conflict personally, and never be afraid to reach out to your administrators if you feel mediation is necessary for the benefit of your student and your own well-being.

ABOUT THE REGENT UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Christian. Top-Quality. Affordable. Regent University has been ranked among top national universities by U.S. News & World Report for two consecutive years (2019 & 2020). Its programs have also been recognized among the Top 5 Online Graduate Education Programs in Virginia for seven consecutive years. Regent graduates are empowered to make a difference in lives, which has led to more than 850 alumni being recognized as Teachers of the Year in Hampton Roads since 2004. Experience the Regent difference.

Augmented Reality Apps and Why You Should Use Them

By Esther Blair

The goal of every educator is to capture their students’ attention, provide a lesson that they will retain, and inspire them to think differently about the world. These goals are at the foundation of every lesson and lecture. The way teachers implement this vision comes in various forms through hands-on learning experiences, reading materials, projects, and with technology. Technology has been making huge strides in education because it is the perfect tool for teachers to use to fulfill their teaching mission. While there are multiple ways to implement technology into the classroom, Augmented Reality apps have been getting a lot of attention for their ability to engage students with the world in a way that is educational and imaginative.

Augmented Reality as a teaching tool

Augmented Reality allows teachers to extend the physical world with virtual overlay. By scanning a trigger — any recognizable image or icon — a digital overlay onto the real world allows a new layer of information to appear. The information could link to a web site, an audio recording, a video, or even a 3D model. As the technology of Augmented Reality advances, educators are realizing the potential it has for their classroom. By incorporating technology and the physical world, students can gain knowledge in an exciting, new way. With Augmented Reality in the classroom, lessons really do come to life.

Benefits of Augmented Reality in the Classroom:

  • Capture your students’ attention
  • Students can participate
  • Students can gain a better understanding of the concepts and principles they are learning
  • Portable and less expensive learning materials; you do not have to invest in physical materials
  • Students will retain more knowledge for a longer period — it creates a complete learning cycle
  • Students will be excited by new ideas and think differently about the world around them
  • Let your students’ imaginations run wild

ABOUT THE REGENT UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Christian. Top-Quality. Affordable. Regent University has been ranked among top national universities by U.S. News & World Report for two consecutive years (2019 & 2020). Its programs have also been recognized among the Top 5 Online Graduate Education Programs in Virginia for seven consecutive years. Regent graduates are empowered to make a difference in lives, which has led to more than 850 alumni being recognized as Teachers of the Year in Hampton Roads since 2004. Experience the Regent difference.

Preparing Students for Their Future Jobs

By Esther Blair

Our job as educators is to teach students skills that will prepare them for their future. But what does that look like in today’s world? Our world has shifted drastically in technical information and is continuing to change at an extremely fast rate.

According to Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod from their viral video Shift Happens, “The amount of new technical information is doubling every two years. For students starting a four-year technical college degree, this means that half of what they learn in their first year of study will be outdated by their third year of study.”

The U.S. Department of Labor stated that the top ten in-demand jobs in 2010 didn’t even exist in 2004, and that learners will have 10-14 jobs by the age of 38. A number of students in school today will end up in jobs that haven’t yet been invented.

This isn’t meant to intimidate teachers when it comes to preparing their students. Instead, it should inspire educators to teach their students skills that can transcend job titles and roles. We might not know what the future holds or what it will look like for our students, but we can give them the confidence and skills they need to succeed regardless of the jobs at hand.

Below we provide some tips for preparing students for their future:

Teach digital literacy skills

Technology has become pervasive in the classroom as well as the workplace, and technology skills are essential for all students. In order to be successful, digital literacy skills are necessary, and it falls on educators to teach students these skills. Familiarize students with technology and incorporate it into their everyday lessons and assignments. In the same way you use technology, teach it to them.

Help students learn their strengths

Everyone is born with different strengths — educators can help students recognize these and build on them. While the current testing system might not be doing the best job in assessing each students’ individuality, it is the teacher’s job to understand their students and what makes them unique. Helping students understand their interests and strengths gives them a head start and confidence in their future workforce endeavors.

Collaboration and tolerance

The specific jobs of the future might not yet be invented, but there is a big guarantee that it will involve collaboration on a global scale. Our world is more connected than ever, and it shapes how we work. Students need to be prepared to work well with others. Students today need open discussions and experiences that help them understand people of other cultures.

Analyzing information

Students have access to huge amounts of information today. The Internet can be an incredibly helpful tool, or it can be their pitfall. While accessing information is easy, knowing the difference between what is good information and what is not is tricky. Teachers can help students learn the difference between factual information and opinions. By asking students to look through websites to gather information, teachers can guide them and teach them reading strategies so they are not being misled.

Communication is key

Communication skills will always be necessary in every facet of life. When it comes to the workforce, teachers can help their students by teaching them how to communicate in a way that will set them up for success in the future. Teaching students how to write an email, how to give a pitch or presentation, how to network, how to introduce themselves properly, how to use social media in a way that represents them well, these are all important skills that can be incorporated in the classroom.

How to fail well

Failure is a part of life. Most students today are familiar with instant gratification and being rewarded for effort, but the “real world” isn’t so gracious. There are disappointments and there are set-backs, but these are learning curves that are valuable to our lives if we choose to see it that way. Help them understand failure and instead of fearing the worst, teach them to use it to their advantage.

Answering “Why”

“Why does this matter?” and “When am I going to use this again?” are questions that teachers regularly hear. Instead of ignoring such questions or giving a vague answer, take the time to explain why the material does matter and how it will help them in the future. Make the connection in your lesson plans so that it goes beyond memorization for a short-term goal such as an exam but can become a valuable part of their education for the future. Being future-focused helps students see that life doesn’t start after graduation, but everything they are doing now can contribute to their future success.

ABOUT THE REGENT UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Christian. Top-Quality. Affordable. Regent University has been ranked among top national universities by U.S. News & World Report for two consecutive years (2019 & 2020). Its programs have also been recognized among the Top 5 Online Graduate Education Programs in Virginia for seven consecutive years. Regent graduates are empowered to make a difference in lives, which has led to more than 850 alumni being recognized as Teachers of the Year in Hampton Roads since 2004. Experience the Regent difference.

Going Green in the Classroom

By Esther Blair

A United Nations report put forth data indicating that serious action needs to be taken worldwide in the next decade to avoid potentially catastrophic and irreversible climate change. While this information can seem dire, teachers can educate their classrooms on how to be more environmentally friendly and let students each play their own small part in living sustainably.

Here are some simple ways that you can help students learn to care for the earth, reduce their carbon footprint and take responsibility for their impact on the planet.

Reduce waste

If you haven’t already, now would be a great time to switch to online forms, records, test and paper submissions, etc. If you find that you do need to use paper, try to ensure that it is recycled. Encourage students to use both sides of paper as well.

Clean green

Make the switch to environmentally friendly classroom products, including cleaning and school supplies. You can make your own or commit to purchasing cleaners that use more natural ingredients.

Get planting

Having plants in the classroom can help teach children about plant life cycles and processes such as photosynthesis. If possible, start a garden outdoors, where you can grow vegetables to teach about sustainability, food production and nutrition. Give students the responsibility of watering, re-potting, weeding and caring for the class garden — you may be surprised at how much they enjoy it!

Power down

Unplug all computers and other electronics when you leave for the day to help reduce your classroom’s carbon footprint. Have students form “green teams” to unplug different items such as computers, screens, etc. so that they can get in on the power-saving efforts (and hopefully create lifelong habits).

Adopt an endangered animal

Teach students that how we treat the environment affects the animals and wildlife by “adopting” an endangered species.

There are a few different conservation sites that will send a certificate of adoption and fun facts about endangered species for a donation. This is a fun way for your students to feel like they are giving back while helping them become more aware of their impact on the world around them.

The World Wildlife Foundation is a great resource.

ABOUT THE REGENT UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Christian. Top-Quality. Affordable. Regent University has been ranked among top national universities by U.S. News & World Report for two consecutive years (2019 & 2020). Its programs have also been recognized among the Top 5 Online Graduate Education Programs in Virginia for seven consecutive years. Regent graduates are empowered to make a difference in lives, which has led to more than 850 alumni being recognized as Teachers of the Year in Hampton Roads since 2004. Experience the Regent difference.

112 Students Compete for $1 Million in Scholarships During Scholars Weekend 2020

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (February 13, 2020) – Scholars Weekend at Regent University is about investing in emerging Christian world changers. It represents excellence, prestige, and a keen focus on the power of knowledge and faith, together. Perhaps most importantly for traditional-aged incoming freshmen, it represents an annual opportunity for some of the nation’s best and brightest students to compete for more than $1 million in college scholarships – including the largest institutional awards available to incoming Regent freshmen.

On Thursday, February 6, Regent welcomed 112 students, alongside 169 parents and guardians, for the university’s 15th annual Scholars Weekend. These high-achieving young men and women were invited following a rigorous application process and submissions from nearly 200 prospective students.

What is the Profile of a Scholars Weekend Student?

These Scholars hailed from 18 states, with 50 students representing Virginia. Their average GPA was 4.13, and their averaged standardized test scores put them in the 92nd percentile. Forty-one of the students were homeschooled.

What Events Were Included in Scholars Weekend?

During their time on Regent’s campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Scholars Weekend guests engaged with faculty and staff, collaborated with other national scholars and current Regent students, and participated in typical campus life and worship. Parents took part in sessions on financial aid and housing, as well as a campus tour and powerful discussion on campus safety with Regent Chief of Police Chris Mitchell. Concurrently, their Scholars completed timed essays, participated in one-on-one interviews, and even took on the challenge of a spirited group scavenger hunt.

“We had the privilege of getting a personal view of these gifted young men and women in areas from intellect and leadership to communication and teachability. And each of them is truly remarkable,” said Avery Walsh, senior director of Undergraduate Admissions for the College of Arts & Sciences. “My team is humbled to invest in them and excited for the future, knowing that God is mobilizing such a high-caliber generation of Christian leaders.”

Honors College Announcement

During the capstone Scholars Weekend banquet on Friday evening, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riano announced the launch of a standalone Honors College on Regent’s Georgian-style campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The college is recruiting now for its first class, to begin in August 2020.

The Honors College will offer sophisticated honors curricula based on its unique educational L.I.F.E. model: great Learning, Instruction, Faculty, and Expectations. The L.I.F.E. approach to honors education at Regent will be offered by some of the best faculty in the country who serve at the university.

“Simply said, the focus of the Honors College is to discover greatness – the greatness of God, the greatness of His ways and His acts, and the greatness that He allows us to accomplish through Him,” Moreno-Riano shared. “We believe it will absolutely transform students to be great leaders to make the world a better place.” Read more about the Regent University Honors College.

Moreno-Riano also identified three emphases that will remain at the center of the Honors experience:

  • Studying the greatness of God and the greatness of His ways.
  • Studying God’s creative works.
  • Wrestling with the question: Is my purpose realized through self-affirmation and a proud rejection of God or self-affirmation in loving obedience to God?

Scholar Elizabeth Hammer resonated strongly with the university’s focus on academic rigor integrated with deep Christian faith and a passion for developing students: “I imagined the Scholars Weekend being much more competitive and stressful, yet I was greeted with warm hospitality, God-centered principles, wonderful new friends, and an experience I would never trade.”

“This experience was unmatched,” said Steve Radabaugh from Richmond, parent of one of the Scholars. “The care shown for the scholars and parents was remarkable. We especially appreciated the convenient accessibility to faculty, staff, and subject matter experts. It was a blessing to see firsthand the incredible work that the Lord is doing at Regent University.”

With a deep-seated understanding that the world needs strong Christian leaders – and with a passionate commitment to develop such young men and women – Regent’s Scholars Weekend committee looks forward to announcing award recipients in late February.

ABOUT REGENT UNIVERSITY

Founded in 1978, Regent University has nearly 11,000 students studying on its 70-acre campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and online around the world. The university offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from a Christian perspective in 135+ program areas including business, communication and the arts, cybersecurity and technology, divinity, education, government, law, leadership, nursing and healthcare, and psychology. Currently, Regent University is ranked among top national universities by U.S. News & World Report and is one of only 23 universities nationally to receive an “A” rating for its comprehensive liberal arts core curriculum. In its 2020 “Best Online Programs” rankings, Regent University’s College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) again scored #1 for “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” among Virginia schools, the eighth year in a row that Regent has earned the top position. The university also earned its 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the highest level that a university can be awarded from that organization.

What Is Cyber Theology (And Why Is It Important)?

More people are using the internet to enable and empower communities. These online communities form cultures, learned beliefs, and values that guide behaviors.

For those seeking spiritual connection, ministry leaders play a significant role in the leadership of communities and even robust online congregations. With the emergence of cyber theology and ministry, ministry leaders are focusing on virtual church, mission, discipleship and the use of social media and academic sources online. But these ministry leaders need to understand the nature of virtual church worship and explore its potential and pitfalls critically and constructively.

Evangelism and discipleship are also conducted online. A question that every ministry leader must ask themselves is “How should Christians represent themselves online?” Finally, a ministry leader must think about major issues and their relationship to theology and cyber technology. The focus now is on the best way to use the internet and social media to spread the gospel and develop internet intelligence that integrates with faith.

What Is Cyber Theology?

Cyber theology focuses on virtual church, mission, discipleship and the use of social media and academic sources online. It explores how our thoughts and actions affect Christianity and its theology and then looks at how technology can strengthen them. Cyber theology seeks to redefine the way we transact, connect and communicate. Most importantly, it seeks to have a positive influence on the way we perceive reality and God.

Since the internet helps us control information by collecting, storing, retrieving, organizing and transmitting it, today’s ministry leaders must learn to be savvy users. They must understand strategies for protecting information, applying principles for greater reach, and meaningfully connecting with people, above data.

Proper Use of the Internet

The internet is a forum for healthy communication and the exchange of an individual’s spiritual experience. Cyber theology focuses on bridging the gaps between geography, language, and culture. A ministry can reach audiences located anywhere, from a big city to a rural town. There is no longer a geographical barrier for worship and hearing God’s Word.

However, ministry leaders must also understand the addictive nature of the internet and how urgent the need is for the Church to make its online community aware of the benefits of face-to-face connection and the dangers of technology overuse. To shed light on the difference between use and abuse, the Church must, itself, engage in proper use of the internet to promote Christian values and be mindful of human development and opportunities for personal connection.

Social Media and the Virtual Church

Almost three billion people use Facebook, and this presents an important opportunity for ministry leaders to keep up on local congregants and to engage those who have never stepped foot in the church.

Social media is how many people interact and communicate with one another, without geographical limitations. They are already predisposed to accept the communication they receive on social media. This makes room for ministry leaders to reach out creatively with the word of God. Social media also allows individuals to communicate about God and faith with one another. Building a Christian community with social media can give disciples connectivity and a sense that they are part of a congregation.

What is Theological Netnography?

In this era of the internet, research must be conducted to understand how information is digested and how the internet influences the communication of information. Theological netnography provides the methodology for collecting and analyzing data online. From this research, ministry leaders can adapt their technology and online presence to promote healthier social interactions.

What is the Value of Virtual Church?

For military service members, the elderly, shut-ins, those with limited transportation or access to a healthy local church, and a few other categories, virtual church provides a beneficial alternative. Congregants can completely immerse with the music, message, and even online chat feature. Virtual church can be viewed in real time or on a person’s own schedule.

Virtual church may also be a starting point for those who are looking for space and privacy to grow in their faith and to make sense of their spiritual curiosity.

For all of these reason, today’s church leaders must recognize the power of cyber theology and access tools to help others connect with God in this nontraditional arm of the Church.

What’s Next?

Did learning about Cyber Theology interest you? Are you ready to take your ministry beyond the traditional to have a global impact? Regent University’s Master of Divinity Cyber Theology will prepare you for full-time ministry while you learn to teach and share the gospel online. You’ll learn how to use websites, social networking, blogs, video, podcasts, and more to engage others and create an accessible and interactive ministry in the digital age.

Regent University’s admissions counselors are ready to answer questions and help you work through financial aid so you can move ahead in this promising field. Whether you’re ready to take the leap, or simply want some more information, you can reach them at 800.373.5504.

What is the Difference Between Theology and Divinity?

Interested in Christian studies and the difference between divinity and theology? Choosing to study to become a pastor can lead to a meaningful ministry in which you can serve God, lead a church, and make a difference in your community and the world. Choosing a vocation in which you lead a congregation can help to bring the Word of God to more people and more hope as well. As the pastor of a church, you can make an impact on families and individuals and assist them in making choices that can impact the direction of their lives.

Among the courses that prepare students for a vocation in the Church are methods to study the Bible and be an effective teacher. Students may examine the languages of the Old and New Testaments and choose areas of biblical study that will assist them in their vocation. However, you might ask yourself, “What is the Difference Between Theology and Divinity?”

What is Theology?

Theology is the study of religion. It examines what faith means to different people and cultures. Theologians think about and debate the nature of God, including the questions about the meaning of religion. More importantly theology is the study of God’s nature and the belief in religion. Theology has three distinct aspects:

  • What God teaches us
  • Doctrines that teach of God
  • Paths that lead to God

There are many references in the New Testament that speak of supernatural beings appearing to humans to communicate truth and the promise of a Savior:

Luke 1:26 “God sent the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, who was betrothed to Joseph, one of the descendants of David. The angel greeted Mary and told her that the Lord was with her, and she was favored by God.”

Luke 1:35 “The angel told Mary that the Holy Spirit would come upon her, and she would bear a holy child who would be called the Son of God.”

Matthew 1:20 “Joseph was troubled when he found out Mary would bear a child. An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife because the child was from the Holy Spirit.”

Christian theology is the study of Christian beliefs and practices. The Old and New Testaments are primary texts in this study. Theology makes it more productive to grasp the concepts of Christian doctrine and to make comparisons between Christianity and other religious traditions. Theologians can draw on their beliefs to facilitate reforms in the Church to bring people into the Christian faith. They also may draw on the resources of the Christian tradition to address needs within the Church and social needs in the community.

What is Divinity?

Divinity refers to the quality or nature of God’s being. In Christianity, divinity belongs to God alone. Orthodox Christians believe that Jesus is divine as well as human. Jesus is God and man, and the second person of the Trinity; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Son, Jesus, is the radiance of all God’s glory. Divinity may be referred to as the study of one or more religions.

What are the Similarities?

While there are differences between divinity and theology, the terms in academia often are treated in a similar manner. This might cause confusion as you consider which area to pursue. Divinity is a reference to all things that come from God, which are considered sacred. Theology is the study of Gods or deities and religions based on beliefs.

From an academic perspective, courses in divinity and theology are a reference to studying traditions of Christianity from different viewpoints, which may be doctrinal, historical, or textual. Another similarity is the studies of divinity and theology both prepare students as teachers, in different contexts.

A master’s degree in divinity is often a stepping stone for assuming pastoral duties, equipping you to lead a church, ministry, parachurch organization or nonprofit. A master’s degree in theology is often a step toward pursuing a doctoral theology degree and specific study of Scripture and, perhaps, other religions.

What a Degree in Divinity Offers

When you have a calling to serve Christ in the Church or in the workplace, you may start with a theological studies and Christian ministry foundation. This provides a strong foundation in Bible and apologetics, as well as discipleship and church history. Your coursework will provide the skills that you need to be an effective Christian leader. The master’s level opens up further study and tools to help you experience spiritual transformation and prepare to develop others and lead the Church.

The faculty at Regent University helps students grow in faith, knowledge, and development of leadership skills needed to lead a church, teach, work in mission, or accept a position in the secular workplace. After graduation, students will have the training, skills, and knowledge that is needed for a Christ-centered vocation.

What’s Next?

Did learning about the difference between theology and divinity interest you? Learn more about the different degree options for students in the field of Divinity and Theology offered at Regent University.

Bachelor of Biblical & Theological Studies

Regent University’s B.A. in Biblical & Theological Studies (offered online and on-campus in Virginia Beach) offers a strong foundation in Church history, how to understand and share God’s Word, and how to apply the Bible to contemporary issues.

Bachelor of Christian Ministry

The B.A. in Christian Ministry (offered online and on-campus in Virginia Beach) focuses on developing skills in coaching, mentoring and communication, as well as employing practical strategies for evangelism and missions.

Master of Divinity

Regent University’s Master of Divinity (offered online and on-campus in Virginia Beach) incorporates elements of the Master of Theological Studies and M.A. in Practical Theology to equip you to lead a church, ministry, parachurch organization or nonprofit. The M.Div. program can also lead to ordination or ministry licensure. You’ll become well-versed in Christian history, biblical writings and scriptural interpretations. Choose the concentration option that best meets your interests and ministry goals. Regent’s School of Divinity is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) and its M.Div. program is approved by it.

Master of Theology

Earn a fully accredited Master of Theology (Th.M.) degree online in just under two years, with no required on-campus residency. Through this post-graduate program, you will acquire specialized knowledge to enhance your professional competence in a specific area of study. Your focused studies, intensive research and methodology will equip you for greater ministry impact and prepare you for entry into a doctoral program.

Other degrees are available in Church Leadership, Apologetics & Cosmogony, Christian Spirituality & Formation, Practical Theology, Theological Studies, and Renewal Theology.

Regent University’s admissions counselors are ready to answer questions and help you work through financial aid so you can move ahead in this promising field. Whether you’re ready to take the leap, or simply want some more information, you can reach them at 800.373.5504.

Regent University Among Best in Nation in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Online Programs Rankings

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (January 14, 2020) – Regent University has again earned top accolades for its online education programs, according to Best Online rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report, the leading authority on university rankings.

In its 2020 “Best Online Programs” rankings, Regent University’s College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) again scored #1 for “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” among Virginia schools, the eighth year in a row that Regent has earned the top position. Regent’s School of Education (SOE) and School of Business & Leadership (SBL) also earned very high marks respectively in Virginia for “Best Online Graduate Education Programs” (#5) , “Online Graduate Education Programs, non-MBA” (#3), and “Best Online MBA Programs” (#7).

Nationally, Regent scored #58 out of more than 350 schools for “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.” Regent also was named for “Best Online Graduate Business Programs, non-MBA” (#78), “Best Online Graduate Education Programs” (#89) and “Best Online MBA Programs” (#142) nationally.

“In just the last month, Regent has not only placed among the top online programs nationwide from U.S. News & World Report, but the university also earned its 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the highest level that a university can be awarded from that organization,” said Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson, Regent’s founder, chancellor and CEO. “I praise the Lord for our faculty and staff and their incredible achievements – what a great way to start the new decade.”

In the Southeast, Regent’s online programs ranked #21 for “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs,” #35 for “Best Online Graduate Education Programs,” #23 for “Best Online Graduate Business Programs, non-MBA,” and #52 for “Best Online MBA Programs.”

Regent also scored highly for its programs for veterans, including “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans” (#39), “Best Online Graduate Education Programs for Veterans” (#27), “Best Online Graduate Business Programs for Veterans” (#33) and “Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans” (#71).

“Our goal is always to deliver the highest quality education, whether students are studying on campus or online,” said Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riano, executive vice president for Academic Affairs. “Receiving such top online rankings as these from U.S. News & World Report is further evidence that Regent is not only fulfilling that goal but is a destination of choice for online higher education.”

The 2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings assess the programs of regionally accredited institutions across several online disciplines including Online Graduate Programs, Online MBA & Graduate Business Programs, and Online Graduate Education Programs. U.S. News & World Report evaluates online programs based on Engagement, Services and Technologies, Faculty Credentials and Training, and Expert Opinion. Learn more about the U.S. News & World Report methodology.

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What Can I Do with a Business Analytics Degree?

Are you good with numbers and business? Do you have an interest in business analytics? If you have the passion and drive to explore and investigate performance to drive business planning, a business analytics degree may be right for you.

You may be asking yourself, what can I do with a business analytics degree? First, let’s look at what a business analyst does and the components of this type of work.

What Does a Business Analyst Do?

A business analyst will study data, using statistical models and data mining to turn data into business insights. These insights will increase efficiency, productivity and revenue of the business.

Components of Business Analytics

There are many different components of business analytics including data aggregation, data mining, forecasting, predictive analytics, and statistical modeling.

Data Aggregation

As a business analyst, you will compile data with the intent to prepare datasets for statistical analysis. The phases involved in data aggregation including reporting, granularity, and polling. The reporting period involves how long the data will be collected. A data set will need to be collected in a timeframe that is statistically significant. Granularity is the time data points are set during the reporting period. Polling involves how often samples of data are collected. The data collection can include demographic and psychographic data. It can also include conversion and revenue data.

Data Mining

As a business analyst, you will use data mining to explore and analyze large data sets. This will help you discover patterns and rules in the data set. Different types of data can include relational databases, object-oriented databases, and web mining. Data mining starts with understanding the business and data that is needed to meet a goal. You will prepare the data to be modeled. Then you will evaluate the data to understand the steps to deployment.

There are a few different techniques in data mining. They include classification which is used to retrieve data information. This allows the data to be classified into different classes. Clustering is a type of data mining that helps the business analyst to understand the differences and similarities between the data. Association data mining identifies similarities between two or more data points. This helps discover patterns in the data set.

Forecasting

As a business analyst, you will need to predict demand and understand future trends with the help of past and present data. Forecasting is different than budgeting because you will help identify seasonality and anything that is unforeseen. When the actual data is not comparable to the forecast, the business analyst will know something has changed the demand or trends. This takes away the uncertainty by using historical data to predict the future.

There are a few different forecasting methods with the most prominent including qualitative and quantitative methods. Qualitative forecasting takes into consideration personal judgement as viewed by an expert. Quantitative forecasting on the other hand focuses on mathematics making it consistent and objective.

Predictive Analytics

As a business analyst, you will use predictive analytics to extract information from data sets to determine patterns. These patterns will help predict the future outcomes that are expected. Predictive analytics works with the help of big data, data mining, statistical modeling, and machine learning. Predictive analytics will allow you to look into the future and be more accurate in revenue predictions.

Statistical Models

Within business analytics, you will use statistical models with mathematical equations. Statistical models use explanatory and dependent variables. The dependent variable is the variable we want to describe and predict. The explanatory variable is the independent variable that is used to predict the dependent variables. Some common statistical models include linear nodes and logistic nodes. Linear regression models predict a trend based on the relationship between the target variable and the predictors. Logistic regression classifies records based on the value of the input fields.

Business Analytics Skills Required

Getting a business analytics degree allows you to learn skills that help you succeed in the business analysis field. These important skills include communication, managerial skills, technical skills, problem-solving skills, and critical thinking – all of which are learned while completing coursework and enhanced during on-the-job experience.

Communication

Much of your work as a business analyst will involve communication. From collaboration with colleagues to talking to clients, communication is a cornerstone skill for any business analyst. Written communication is key as much of the interaction will be digital. A business analyst will also need good verbal communication skills as some interactions are face-to-face. It is about what you say, why you say it, when you say it and what you don’t say. Key to communication is employing active listening skills. Know what is said, understanding the information and make sure the client is heard. Communication is important for a business analyst to master.

Managerial Skills

As a business analyst, you will manage many projects. You will also manage resources including teammates. Managing teammates requires leadership skills. Managerial skills include proper planning, execution and meeting deadlines. A good analyst will be able to keep schedules and control costs.

Technical Skills

As a business analyst, you will use computers and data to make decisions that help businesses. You will need to be familiar with many different software programs that are used to analyze data and understand how to organize output that will present the knowledge in a way that adds to the businesses’ revenue.

Problem-Solving

Many times, a business analyst will be given a problem and need to solve it. Whether revenue is down, or a new service is being launched, you will need to follow a step by step process to find a solution. The process starts with the identification of the problem. You will need to understand the stakeholders and what they want from the data. Next, you will list all the possible solutions so you can remove the bad, keeping the good solutions. Evaluate each option and select a final option that meets all criteria identified. Finally, you decide how to monitor the success of the solution.

Critical Thinking

It is important for a business analyst to consider multiple solutions to the problem. This requires critical thinking skills. Part of critical thinking is the ability to analyze, be creative, stay open-minded and solve problems. It is important for you to make reasonable judgements that are logical and well-thought out.

What Can I Do with a Business Analytics Degree?

With a business analytics degree, you will be at the center of any business. It is up to you to manage data and predict the future of the business to keep it on track. You will also learn many different skills that will help you and the business succeed.

What’s Next?

Ready to start a program to become a business analyst? Regent University’s Bachelor of Science in Business Analytics will help develop professionals who can create and analyze reports, drive strategies and decisions for data-driven businesses, and formulate solutions. Taught from current modeling techniques and software, this highly marketable degree will prepare you to manipulate, organize, and work with data in all forms all presented from a Christian worldview.

Upon completion of the B.S. in Business Analytics you will be able to conduct exploratory data analysis to distinguish between true and false patterns in data, increase customer satisfaction and revenue streams, use appropriate analytic tools that support organizational growth and achieve strategic objectives.

Use your mind for business to make a difference. Regent University’s admissions counselors are ready to answer questions and help you work through financial aid so you can move ahead in this promising field. Whether you’re ready to take the leap, or simply want some more information, you can reach them at 800.373.5504.