Dear Colleagues,

Many of you have been forced to move your classes online almost overnight. This is an enormous challenge. Iliff moved into online education in 2010–about 70% of our classes are taught fully online or in a hybrid format (mostly online, with a residential component), and students can earn most of our degrees in the hybrid format. We’ve developed a lot of valuable experience creating robust pedagogical engagement in online spaces.

We would like to offer to collaborate with you as you face this steep learning curve. The attached video has some useful tips for creating an effective online environment. In addition, we would be happy to consult with you on the technical options available to you (learning management systems). Perhaps most importantly, we can offer to pair some of our faculty who have become skilled online teachers with your faculty to collaborate on effective pedagogical spaces online as your faculty make this move.

Iliff is exploring new ways of working with different kinds of learners and consulting with new partners ┬áin a changing higher ed environment. The COVID-19 crisis has prompted us to push our efforts forward sooner than expected. So we envision asking for a nominal remuneration for services we offer (roughly $56 an hour for faculty time and technical consulting by our staff). If this fee is at all a deterrent, please reach out to us anyway–mostly we want to offer help to our fellow theological educators.

Please feel free to contact Ted Vial at Iliff ( to connect you with any help or resources you might need.

Take care in these interesting times,

Thomas V. Wolfe
President & CEO
Iliff School of Theology

A video introduction to Online Teaching by Professor Ted Vial. Click on image.