I have an idea for this summer I thought I would share and get input from the great cloud (i.e., you, whoever might be reading this). Here's the essence:
1. Using some medium (Google Hangouts, Vimeo, etc...), I would record a programmed series of lectures on Hebrews over the course of the summer, probably two a week. It would be a kind of video commentary that could be packaged and sold as a DVD at the end, maybe with some edited version of the "Explanatory Notes" I've done in the past.
2. I would roll these out in conjunction with some chat or interaction time, perhaps on this blog, perhaps on Facebook.
3. I would store them on a site I have called "cafetutor.com," which I just noticed is down for some reason. The videos and explanatory notes would be free (but of course I'd put up a Pay Pal link on the side just in case someone wanted to waste their money ;-).
4. I would also offer a sample undergraduate and graduate syllabus for what a Hebrews course might look like. For some appropriate fee (significantly less than taking a course somewhere), if a person wanted actually to produce the papers and artifacts from these syllabi (and including a final, recorded interaction between me and the person), a person would have the kind of artifacts that could be brought to an accredited institution and evaluated for "credit by assessment." In other words, a person might be able to get undergraduate or graduate credit if they presented the artifacts to a college or seminary, including my feedback and recorded final interview. This is an extension of the open course ware out there right now.
The same thing I've suggested above for Hebrews could, in theory, be done with anything I would be qualified to supervise given my academic credentials. I can't promise what an academic institution would accept for credit by assessment, but most institutions have this possibility tucked away in their catalogs. If a person wanted to "do a course" with me, we could design one together for an appropriate amount and produce artifacts for that university or seminary. We might even clear it with the university or seminary ahead of time.
Classic Book Reviews
If I might do the above in the summers, throughout the year I might video or audio record book reviews of classics, chapter by chapter. For example, I'm looking at Varieties of Religious Experience and The Origin of Species right now in conjunction with more contemporary things I'm
Any feedback or suggestions?