OXFORD TUTORIAL SERVICE (OTS)
Oxford Tutorial Service (OTS) http://www.oxfordtutorials.com/ is an online college-prep High School program for home-school students. One of the earliest of such programs, it was established in Seattle in 1998 by Norman J. Lund, Ph.D., a Teacher Consultant with Academy Northwest http://www.academynorthwest.org/ in collaboration with Fritz Hinrichs, a pioneer in online tutoring and the director of Escondido Tutorial Service http://www.gbt.org/index.html Dr. Lund interacts with students directly in live sessions as the only tutor in the OTS program. He offers a wide range of High School classes including studies in the classic Great Books curriculum (three years); Classical Latin (two years); Shakespeare (three years); Logic; Rhetoric; C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. Over 1200 students have participated in OTS tutorials since 1998. The most popular colleges for OTS students have been:
Grove City College http://www.gcc.edu/
Hillsdale College http://www.hillsdale.edu/
Patrick Henry College http://www.phc.edu/
Wheaton College http://www.wheaton.edu/
OTS alumni have also been accepted at the University of Aberdeen, Abilene Christian, Annapolis, Auburn, Baylor, U. C. Berkeley, Biola, Bowling Green, Colorado State, Columbia International U., Columbus State U., Cornell, CUNY, Eastman, George Mason, Houghton, LeTourneau, Liberty, N. C. State, Northwestern, Sacramento State, Oakland, Oxford, Rice, Rose-Hulman, SPU, Texas A & M, Texas State U., Thomas Aquinas, USAFA, U. Texas, U. South Carolina, U. Washington, Vanderbilt, VMI, WWU, and Yale.
Name & Motto
OTS is not officially associated with the University of Oxford (England), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Oxford but aims at the high standards of scholastic excellence for which the university is renowned. There are numerous tutoring services which employ the name “Oxford” for various reasons. OTS embraces the Biblical foundation and motto of Oxford U. Like many of the greatest universities in the world, Oxford University was built by the church as an explicitly Christian institution. The motto of Oxford since the mid-16th century has been “Dominus illűminâtiô mea,” “The Lord is my light” (Psalm 27:1); http://www.oua.ox.ac.uk/enquiries/arms.html
Some of the greatest Christian minds have studied and taught at Oxford U., including C.S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Dorothy Sayers, Charles Williams, William Tyndale, John and Charles Wesley, George Whitefield, John Wycliffe, and T. S. Eliot. Oxford Tutorial Service takes its name from this noble tradition and seeks to emulate its finest ideals of a Biblically-based, culturally-engaged scholarship. Dr. Lund offers his tutorials to students who are willing to devote themselves to a course of serious liberal arts study before they enter college or the world of employment and family. The tutorials seek to provide guidance in the development of a culturally informed, Biblical foundation and worldview
Dr. Lund meets with his students in regularly scheduled, real-time, interactive classes in a cyber-classroom. Students wear headsets and can participate both through their microphones and through keyboards in a streaming chat-screen. The tutor lectures, invites questions, leads discussion, and presents material on a large whiteboard. Assignments are submitted and evaluated via email. All classes run for a full year (two, sixteen-week semesters) and include a college-level bibliography, scheduled reading assignments, study questions, study guides, formal essays, reading quizzes, periodic exams, online resources, and a weekly online tutorial session which usually runs for about two hours.
Literature classes use unabridged texts wherever possible and typically require a minimum of two, graded, formal essays and/or exams per/semester. Students are given opportunity for regular discussion and challenged to expand their vocabulary and knowledge of literature. Regardless of the primary focus and bibliography of each tutorial, students are also exposed to a wide range of English authors for perspective and context, comparison and contrast.
About the Tutor
Dr. Norman J. Lund and his wife Judith reside in Kenmore, a suburb of Seattle, WA. Judy has a degree in education from Seattle Pacific University. They home-schooled their three daughters and have been active in the home-school movement since 1987. Dr. Lund's favorite authors are C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton. He studied with Francis Schaeffer at L'Abri, in Switzerland, in 1971. He subscribes to the Apostle's and Nicene Creeds, and to the Mission Statement of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools. He has been a member of the Evangelical Theological Society http://www.etsjets.org/ since 1985 and has presented lectures at both regional and national ETS conventions since 1986. He has also served as the director of research for a Christian "Think Tank" http://www.shuv.org/ based in Seattle. His annotated bibliography, dealing with Christian issues and culture can be seen at: http://www.shuv.org/ Dr. Lund has been privileged as an honoree in the 7th, 8th, 9th & 11th editions of Who's Who Among America's Teachers.®
Dr. Lund is a certified Teacher Consultant with Academy Northwest, an accredited and state approved private school based in Seattle, Washington. He earned his Ph.D. in systematic theology at Wycliffe College (named for the Oxford reformer, John Wycliffe) at the University of Toronto, Canada, in the Toronto School of Theology. His doctoral thesis on the question of Martin Luther’s ethics was done under Dr. Oliver O'Donovan, a renowned scholar in Christian ethics (New College, Edinburgh) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_O'Donovan and Harry J. McSorley, an international scholar in Luther research (University of St. Michaels, Toronto). Norm completed his B.A. in religion and philosophy at Northwest University in Kirkland, WA. He holds two master's degrees from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN and is an ordained Lutheran minister. Norm has been teaching and tutoring professionally for over twenty years, first at the Lutheran Bible Institute in Anaheim, CA. (1984-1991); then at American Lutheran Seminary in St. Paul, MN. (1992-1996); in an adjunct capacity at the Lutheran Bible Institute (now Trinity College) in Seattle (1996-1998); and as the Director of Oxford Tutorials since 1998. He is a member of the Graduate Adjunct Faculty at Faith Evangelical Seminary http://www.faithseminary.edu/ and he is also a certified Teacher Consultant with Academy Northwest, an accredited and state approved private school based in Seattle, Washington http://www.academynorthwest.org/