The Online Small Group Experience is Coming Soon!
Over the past few months I have been managing a project that is near and dear to my heart- an Online Small Group Study for the Navigating materials. With the help and expertise of Tim Krauss and Maverick Martin I am pleased to announce that this study will be up and running in the next two weeks! Let me share with you some of the features and the “why’s” of this new online format:
The platform for the study is a Learning Management System (LMS) known as Sakai. This system has been used for online classes with schools in the Big Ten. Everything that is currently in the Navigating Your Finances God’s Way Study will now be in an online format; fillable PDF’s for homework & prayer logs, online calculators, electronic spreadsheets for the Let’s Get Practical Section, Money Lounge (our new budgeting tool that utilizes mint.com), instant connection to online resources, connecting to social media and much, much more!
While Sakai will be used for a student’s homework throughout the week, the Big Blue Button (an incredible video tool) will be used to see and host your weekly class. You will be able to see and hear everyone from your small group from your computer. The class will be conducted just as it would if you were live with 12 students in your family room.
While we are currently using just the Navigating Study for this format, we also plan on having all are small group studies available as an online option as well.
The Online Small Group Experience doesn’t replace the original Small Groups that we have, it is an addition. Many people are using the internet for online training and we felt the Online Study would be a key piece of our vision to reach Everyone, Everywhere, in Every Area. The online study will break down a couple of barriers and challenges that we have had in the past:
- It will allow anyone to now get plugged into a Small Group Study at almost anytime. They will no longer have to wait for the next Compass class in their area.
- Have you ever wanted to have a friend or friends be a part of a Small Group Study with you but have been hindered by distance or location? This will no longer be an issue as you can now have people from around the country and world attend your Small Group Study.
- It is Global. Not only can you have people from around the world, but the Sakai platform has the ability to do on the fly translation of languages. This will be in the second phase of our project but we are excited about this technology that can essentially break down language barriers!
Although the platform for this online study will be different, the core elements of the study will remain in tact; scripture memorization for each class, daily homework, practical applications, weekly class meeting, loving accountability & encouragement and of course prayer and prayer logs!
I am grateful for the Lord creating this technology and look forward to seeing how He will use it to transform people’s lives!!! We will keep you posted when it is officially available on the compass1.org website!
God Bless, Kyle
Kyle Hasbrouck is the Vice President of Compass – finances God’s way. For more information about Kyle, please click HERE.