Through a generous grant from the John. Marie, and Joseph Whalen Foundation, the diocese has obtained the equipment and software for distance learning capabilities. Currently we are using Media Site – a tool for recording and storing various types of presentations: events, programs, trainings, etc., which can later be viewed “on demand.” Some presentations are available to the general public; others are password protected since they may be part of a particular formation or training program. Live streaming of events, programs, trainings and other presentations is also possible.
Media Site allows viewers to “attend” an event, either live or after-the fact. Viewers experience the event as if they were present. There is minimal editing possible. This makes such presentations different from those one might see on a commercially produced DVD. The value of our distance learning capability is that we can record and store presentations that directly relate to our own diocesan offices, agencies, and programs. In addition, people throughout our 14 county diocese can be part of such presentations where previously distance and scheduling conflicts may have precluded their participation. In addition, we hope that in the future this technology will allow us to supplement an array of learning environments in digital and interactive web-based formats.
Below you will find links to some of our recorded presentations to date. More are forthcoming!
Mediasite recordings are currently best viewed using Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser and a high speed internet connection. Click here to view the requirements for viewing Mediasite Presentations
Located in the dioceses of Rochester and Albany, St. Bernard's offers three masters degree programs in theology as well as a range of certificate programs, lectures, workshops, and continuing education opportunities. Our goal is to integrate classroom learning with personal, spiritual and professional development and open our students to a fuller grasp of the deeper meanings of the Catholic faith tradition.
Our students bring to the classroom varied backgrounds and experiences and a wide range of learning goals. Most are part time students occupied during the daytime with jobs and other responsibilities. We offer flexible scheduling and evening classes in order to help them successfully pursue their educational, professional and spiritual goals.
Today's students will not only be leaders in tomorrow's parishes, religious agencies and service providers, but will live the Catholic faith as active participants in the life of the church and in its service to the world.