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BibleTech 2019

Friday, January 11th, 2019

If you’re reading this blog, then you’re probably interested in attending the BibleTech conference, held on April 11-12, 2019, in Seattle.

You may even be interested in submitting a proposal for a talk; if so, the deadline is January 31.

Here’s what I plan to talk about if they accept me:

Designing for Agency in Bible Study

This talk explores the theory and practice of designing a Bible study experience so that the distinctive property of digital media–interactivity at scale–enhances rather than constrains the participant’s agency, or ability to act. We’ll discuss how people’s psychological needs for competence, relatedness, and autonomy affect their approach to and expectations of the Bible and church life, and how developers can support these needs by considering agency during the design process. We’ll also look at a specific application that HarperCollins Christian Publishing has developed to put these ideas into practice and promote agency in the context of daily Bible reading, explaining how and why we transformed a product that wasn’t a good fit for print into one that feels digitally native.