BYCís teaching methodology features optimum personalization of the educational process with the aim of fostering a transformative learning experience. Although the core course materials are the same for all students, BYCís simple course design facilitates the development of deeply rewarding mentoring relationships between instructors and students.
Moreover, BYC has structured its educational programs to be easily accessible by anyone through individualized plans for course selection and sequence. In this way, BYC educational programs are extraordinarily practical even for those whose work or family commitments permit them to study only part-time, but who are nonetheless committed to life-long learning.
Accordingly, BYC is a non-traditional, non-residential educational institution that offers all of its courses primarily via online distance-learning methods. Distance-learning methods allow for further individualization of the educational experience by offering flexible educational program arrangements not normally available from traditional residential educational institutions, such as continuous admissions and enrollments, self-paced courses and educational programs, asynchronous communications, guided independent studies, and extensive one-on-one interactions with instructors.
INSTRUCTIONAL DELIVERY METHODS
Online courses are a practical and effective way to allow students to study anywhere and anytime. Via BYCís website, students may readily access their course material, exam sessions, and e-forums for asking questions, participate in course discussions, communicate with the instructor and other students, etc., from the comfort of their own home or office. Students and their instructors may thus be located anywhere around the USA or even the world.
CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS
In addition, BYC supplements its distance-learning methods with exceptional opportunities for personal interaction with instructors and other students by means of periodic academic conferences and seminars organized by CSB, BYCís parent organization. These special events range from evening conferences assembled in various strategic locations throughout the country to half-day, all-day, weekend, and up to weeklong (residential) seminars. Although attendance is optional at these CSB events, they are an integral part of the BYC learning experience.
CSB residential seminars are an especially worthwhile opportunity for students to study together with their instructors and other students, thus sharing learning experiences and realizations in an environment totally dedicated to a collective process of inner introspection in relation to the topics of their educational programs. Convened in peaceful and pleasant venues, including an annual event in Italy, participants enjoy stimulating intellectual company and partake in a variety of workshops and interesting hands-on activities conducted by the teaching staff. The average duration of such seminars is usually four to six days.
Periodically, BYC also offers intensive courses during CSBís residential seminars that enable students to not only accelerate their studies but also experience more direct and personal interactions with a team of BYC instructors as well as fellow students.