We have found that one of the most popular ways to study one of Dr. Neufeld’s courses is through our self-paced study format. This means that you can study through the comfort of your own home and the convenience of your own pace.
Each course is delivered through our virtual campus and has a similar structure, whether you are taking it through self-paced study, in a facilitated group, or through a scheduled online class.
In each course, a professionally filmed video of Dr. Neufeld teaching to a live audience forms the core of the course material. The course is broken up into more easily digestible sessions, usually an hour in length.
In addition to the video material, a study guide has been developed to help in processing the course material. This guide includes slides from the course with space for note-taking, insight pages, primers for integration and application, and group discussion questions.
Each session also includes supplemental resources that have been gathered to further illustrate the themes and dynamics introduced in the course material. These resources may include other recordings by Dr. Neufeld and his faculty, related articles, editorials, stories, presentations, etc.
A designated discussion forum for each course is moderated by one of our qualified instructors. This is a wonderful opportunity for processing and applying the material to your particular setting and receiving feedback from someone who has been equipped through the Neufeld Institute.
For those studying through the self-paced format, each session also includes access to a previously recorded support session led by one of our Neufeld Institute Faculty members. Course participants who have taken multiple courses through the Neufeld Institute have appreciated the unique flavour that each faculty member brings – as they come from varied cultures, backgrounds and fields of study. Besides the “text book” of Dr. Neufeld’s video material, our past students have found this faculty-supported component of the course to be one of the most beneficial in furthering their understanding, as the examples that are shared, the different perspectives that are offered, and the ability to spend more time on certain concepts and slides, allows for deeper integration.
In terms of time required to take a course through the self-paced study format, we generally recommend that you pace yourself at no more than one session a week. This means that you would need to factor in time to view the video material (1 hour); to read and/or review the supplemental resources (from 30 minutes to 3 hours, depending on how many resources you take advantage of); to watch the recorded faculty support session (usually 1 hour); as well as time for your own processing and forum response (30 minutes to 1 hour). Therefore, the time that you would want to set aside for this method of study, based on viewing one session a week, would be anywhere from 3 to 6 hours. Of course, because this is self-paced, you can move slower through the material if you wish, or move more quickly if you are trying to complete it within a certain time frame.
In order to receive a completion certificate for the Neufeld Intensive I and II courses, you are required to contribute to the forum discussions for each session and to submit a completion assignment to show your integration of the course material. For both the Intensive I and II, this involves a short written assignment where you have the opportunity to apply the course material to a case study that we provide for you. For all other courses, a verification of attendance is provided upon completion of the course if you have contributed to the forum discussion and shown evidence of integration of the material.
When you register for a course, you will receive a study pass to our virtual campus. Once you have completed a course with us, you have the opportunity to purchase a campus membership to continue taking advantage of all the resources our campus has to offer, including access to the course material for any course you have taken through the Neufeld Institute. If you sign up while still on campus, the annual cost is $120; if you sign up after your study pass has lapsed, the annual cost is $150.