Version 3.0 of Worship: Leading & Preaching website is now available at https://elearning.methodist.org.uk/.
Anyone starting their training as a worship leader or local preacher will now be enrolled on this version. Anyone wishing to transfer to version 3.0, please discuss this with your tutor. If you both (with your Mentor) wish to transfer to WLP 3.0, please ask your Local Preachers' Secretary to advise us using the Local Preacher Return Form. You will need a new username and password for WLP 3.0.
If you have already worked on your portfolio in version 2.0 you will not be able to use this work in WLP 3.0 as the projects are different. You can stay on version 2.0 to complete your current portfolio: it will be available at least until September 2021. Full information on WLP 3.0 is provided to new students and their tutors at the time of enrolment and they will be invited to an online induction session.
If you wish to take a look at WLP 3.0 and see the changes from the previous version, log with the username guestwlp3, password Guest-wlp3. Note that you may have to override your existing username and password if your browser has saved these for you. With guest access, you will be able to see the Worship, Learn and Explore material, together with the Project Briefs and the new My Notes function. However, you won't be able to see the Project Workspace, as this is set up specifically for those who enrol as students or tutors. Nor will you see the Module Library, which is only accessible to those enrolled on the course for copyright licensing reasons.
The main change in WLP 3.0 is in the way portfolios are created and assessed. We have eliminated most of the Word and PDF forms which were complicated to use, and the need to upload portfolios using Zip. A document detailing the changes can be downloaded here:
WLP 3.0 Release Note - a technical description of the main features of WLP 3.0.
Note that there is no change to the learning content of the course. WLP 3.0 is designed to make using the course easier and more enjoyable, and to remove more obstacles to learning.
Key Documents for WLP 3.0
These are the essential guides for students and all involved with WLP 3.0:
One of the key changes in WLP 3.0 is that portfolios are built and assessed entirely online, eliminating most of the Word and PDF forms that were so confusing to use.
Here are two step-by-step guides for students and their tutors on using the new portfolio setup:
Service Planning & Feedback Forms
Three forms are still used in WLP 3.0.
You can download the Word versions here:
PDF versions (mainly for Apple device users) are here:
When you enrol on WLP 3.0 you will receive an invitation to a 90-minute online induction session on Zoom. A range of dates and times will be available - please join in the one that's most convenient for you and your tutor and mentor.
If you attended an induction session and would like a copy of the latest version of the slides, please click here.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
I have already started on the current version of the course, can I transfer to WLP 3.0?
Yes, we can enrol you onto WLP 3.0 if you and your tutor wish to make the change. However, because the portfolio requirements are completely different on WLP 3.0, any work you have already done may not be reusable. You may wish to consider completing your current portfolio, then swapping to WLP 3.0 for your next one (assuming you haven't finished the course by then).
Has the contents of the course changed in the new version?
No, the syllabus and contents of the course are the same, and the resources you use for your personal study yourself haven't changed. The contents of what is now called Learn are nearly the same as the previous Prepare. It's mainly portfolios and the way they are produced that has changed.
How does WLP 3.0 change things for Tutors?
The main changes are that there is a now project for every module-section, which means that each project relates directly to the learning in that module-section. Also, students complete their projects online and you provide your feedback online too. To do this, you will log in and look at your students' work online, and type your comments into Moodle. While this is a very different way of working, it should be much simpler than dealing with multiple forms and cover sheets and the issues around uploading portfolios - all of that now happens automatically.
Does the workload change for students?
No - although there are now 12 projects in each portfolio, these include all the work previously included in all four folders, and we have been careful to ensure that the time expectations are realistic. We think there will be less to worry about too: the complexity of "theological themes" has gone, together with the rules about how many items are needed from each module. It should be much easier to work out what is required for each project.
How do these changes affect the Local Preachers' Meeting?
We are no longer requiring students to submit four services in each portfolio, although there will be specific projects which require service materials to be prepared. Instead, students are required to complete the Service Planning and Reflection Form for each of their quarterly assessed services, so that these can be reviewed with their mentor and tutor. This is described in the Guide to Portfolios (downloadable above) and guidance for Local Preachers' Meetings is being prepared.
Can I take a look at WLP 3.0 online without having to enrol?
If you wish to take a look at WLP 3.0 and see the changes from the previous version, log with the username guestwlp3, password Guest-wlp3. Note that you may have to override your existing username and password if your browser has saved these for you. You will be able to see the Worship, Learn and Explore material, together with the Project Briefs and the new "My Notes" function. However, you won't be able to see the Project Workspace, as this is set up specifically for those who enrol as students or tutors. Nor will you see the Module Library, which is only accessible to those enrolled on the course for copyright licensing reasons.
What is the WLP 3.0 Induction?
This is a 90 minute online session (using Zoom), designed for new students enrolling on WLP 3.0 and their tutors and mentors. These sessions are run approximately every fortnight on Wednesday evenings and Friday afternoons. When you enrol, you will receive details for all sessions planned for the next couple of months. If you receive an invitation, you are strongly recommended to attend a session with your tutor and mentor. This will set the scene for your learning using the course.
How do I print from the course website?
To print the Worship or Explore material, go to the module-section you require and look for the "Print" icon at the top right hand side of the main text. This will print using the settings in your particular browser. To print the Learn material, use the "Export as PDF" icon at the top right of any page in Learn for the module-section. This icon will create a PDF file for the whole of Learn for the module-section and either open it, or save it depending on how your browser is set up. You can then open the file and print it as you choose. If you find that the PDF files are truncated - for example if there is text missing at the right edge of the page, check in your browser print settings that "shrink to fit" is selected rather than "100%". If you find the print size is too small, choosing "landscape" rather than "portrait" in the print settings may help. All browsers work slightly differently, but most offer a range of settings to enable you to print material efficiently.