Dr. Van Weigel, professor of Economic Development, is one of Eastern's most recognized and diversified scholars. His latest book, Deep Learning for a Digital Age, explores the use of technology in higher education and followed Earth Cancer, a critical examination of environmental issues and A Unified Theory of Global Development, named an Outstanding Academic Book by Choice. ┬áHe has published articles in World Development, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Change magazine of the American Association for Higher Education. ┬áDr. Weigel is also the recipient of the 1991 Linback Award for Distinguished Teaching and developed a software program, named "Smart Grant," to assist nonprofit organizations in doing strategic planning, writing grant proposals and developing projects budgets (www.inovate.org). ┬áHe has taught courses in business ethics, economic development, introductory economics, and the history of economic thought for the undergraduate and graduate business programs.
PhD, University of Chicago
MDiv, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary
BA, Oral Roberts University
Research Interests and Selected Publications
Deep Learning for a Digital Age: In this timely book, Weigel presents an innovative and effective framework for e-learning in higher education that can be woven into the fabric of classroom-based education to better cultivate connection and collaboration between students and educators. Written for presidents, deans, trustees, faculty, and distance education providers, this book outlines a dynamic new approach to distance learning and shows that the ability to manage knowledge, rather than just accumulate it, should be the chief priority of higher education in a technological world. The author decries the use of distance education to simply expand enrollments and demonstrates how effective education can connect knowledge across fields and age levels rather than segmenting it. He also shows how the rich resources of the Internet can be plumbed creatively to add depth and meaning to the college curriculum and to immerse learners, whether in the classroom or at a distance, in a continuum of knowledge and experience. Book Details: Hardcover: 208 pages; Product Dimensions (in inches): 0.73 x 9.50 x 7.32 Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (October 19, 2001). The book can be ordered from www.Amazon.com (ISBN-10: 0787956139, or ISBN-13: 978-0787956134).
"Advocacy and the Meaning of Christian Faith" by Dr. Van Weigel and Dr. Betsy Morgan, published in the SLD newsletter.