Originally Posted by iloveangels
This is really important. You don't want people to get the idea that they can go to church on the internet. On the other hand, it would be very useful to have the content of the course online with modules that you could go through, and then go to the meetings for the fellowship and discussion of the modules.
If the modules were written well, there could be a basic instructional thread people had to complete to get credit for the class, and then "excursions" or links for enrichment for those that need/want it because people differ so much in interest and ability level. This is really a good idea and could work very well--but only if used with a fellowship component running parallel to it, that people also have to attend to get credit for the experience.
This is spot on.
I work from home/online, its convenient, but frankly lonely. I work 7 days a week and have many young children, so for me to take the two hours out of the week to physically go to RCIA? Major inconvenience. BUT the sacrifice of my time and convenience make it a richer experience, and it was good to get out of the house and meet new people.
The module part is great in a supplementary capacity, often there just wasnt enough time to delve deeply into enough subjects, and I frequently found myself researching these areas online anyway. Had that been integrated into the course it would have helped.
I think I'll suggest it to the RCIA director at my parish next time I see him. i fear they're mostly technophobes though.