BCF Spring semester begins Jan. 20 & other news
Jan 13, 2014

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GRACEVILLE (BCF)—The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville continues to register students for the spring 2014 semester which begins Jan. 20. Registration for the spring classes will continue until the official drop/add deadline Jan. 26. New student orientation is Jan. 16-17, so there is still time to apply. 

Classes are available on campus and online in missions, ministry studies, secondary education, elementary education, English, history and social studies, biblical studies, Christian counseling, music, leadership and Christian education, business leadership, music education (choral and instrumental), missions aviation, and contemporary worship ministry. Information is readily available on all of the degrees offered by BCF, including the two 30 semester hour graduate degrees, online at www.baptistcollege.edu, or by calling the admissions office at 800-328-2660, ext. 460. 

Each semester, BCF incorporates new and innovative programs preparing and training men and women for areas of service, leadership, and the highest levels of responsibility. In addition to the comprehensive list of courses offered on campus and online, BCF has a selection of classes available at the five extension sites:  Panama City, Pensacola, Central Florida, Jacksonville, and Orlando.  

To view the complete list of courses established to train leaders to change the world, access the website at www.baptistcollege.edu or call the admissions office at 800-328-2660 ext. 460.


“It’s Shoutin’ Time,” once again BCF will host the inspirational gospel family The Hoppers and a new Southern Gospel group Mercy Revealed in concert Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. CST in the BCF Wellness Center.

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One of America’s favorite families of gospel music, The Hoppers, continues to receive recognition and awards for a lifetime of spreading the gospel through music.  Over the years, the accolades include Favorite Mixed Group, Favorite Soprano, Favorite Female Vocalist, Soprano Singer of the Year, and the 2012 Singing News Fan Award for Favorite Soprano and Favorite Female Singer. The Hoppers have been popular guest performers on the Gaither Homecoming Tour and viewers always receive a blessing when they appear on the program.

Opening for The Hoppers will be the Southern Gospel group Mercy Revealed.  Solo artist Stan Cook and Laura Tice have combined their talents last year with the sole purpose of revealing the great mercy of God through Jesus Christ in song.     

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and tickets for the evening can be purchased for $12 in the BCF business office by calling 850-263-3261, ext. 418 or visiting the BCF website at www.baptistcollege.edu


Dr. Susan Wegmann, chair of the teacher education division at BCF, recently received the hard copy of the edited book Blended Learning Research Perspectives, Vol. 2, which includes a chapter she wrote on SCOPe-ing out interactions in blended learning environments. 

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Wegmann said the published chapter reveals a new way to track student engagement and participation in blended classes, or those that have online and face-to-face components.  

“Often instructors are so overwhelmed with grading and managing lectures that they don’t have opportunities or tools to gauge students’ reflections, interactions with other students, the text, or the platform (i.e. computer),” Wegman said. 

She and her colleague, Dr. Kelvin Thompson from the University of Central Florida, have been investigating a series of checklists and surveys they call “SCOPe” – which identifies the following interaction possibilities: Students, Content, Others, and Platform. 

Findings from their previous research suggest that SCOPe accurately measures the level of engagement and participation in blended classes, and that the SCOPe checklists can help instructors identify areas of need in order to increase student engagement and participation. 

The recently published chapter was the first in a series that Wegmann and Thompson hope to produce, as they have opportunity to refine SCOPe and further research the topic. 

For more information on the SCOPe checklists or the teacher education degree at BCF, call 800-328-2660 ext. 460.

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