For the most part, the practice of Orthodox religious education has been preoccupied with cognitive objectives. Adults as well as Church School educators have structured their course of study around the dissemination of measurable facts. While such subject-centered teaching methods are important and useful, they are nonetheless incapable of producing faith. Such classroom-centered teaching is merely an extension of how out-dated curriculum models that stress teacher-to-student, one-way pedagogy have diverted attention from our experientially-based liturgical tradition to that of repetition, rote and overly rationalistic learning. The unfortunate consequence of such a methodology is an inferior, watered-down version of Orthodoxy. This Internet School of Orthodox Studies Fall 2002 series is presented by Rev. Dr. Frank Marangos.
Established by the Department of Religious Education in 1998, ISOS ran through the Fall of 2005 as a means to assist Orthodox Christians to better understand the teachings of the Orthodox Church. These classes have all been archived on the goarch.org website with the assistance of the Archdiocese Department of Internet Ministries. The ISOS web site address is: www.isos.goarch.org. A variety of materials and resources are available on the ISOS Web Site.