Reasons to Believe

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Reasons Institute.


Who should consider enrolling in Reasons Institute?

Reasons Institute courses are designed for all Christians who are interested in equipping themselves with the powerful tools developed by Reasons To Believe. Our desire is to prepare God's people to be an informed and effective witness for Christ the Creator in the church, workplace, and society.

This program has particular application for Christians who are...

  • Parents: Reasons Institute courses will equip parents to teach their children the truth about the Creator, Jesus Christ.
  • Sunday school teachers and church leaders: These courses will equip Sunday school teachers to confidently communicate the compatibility between the Bible and science to their students.
  • Professional scientists, engineers, and health care professionals: Completion of our two foundational courses, "Creation and the Bible" and "Creation vs. Evolution," will provide a solid foundation for science professionals integrate what they use in their vocation with their spiritual life.
  • Public and Christian schoolteachers: This program will prepare teachers to give biblical and scientific answers to their students' questions, with an understanding of the importance of using scientific models.
  • College students and faculty: Academic settings, whether Christian or secular, are frequently influenced by the teachings of biological evolution. Reasons Institute will equip students and faculty alike to respond to these assertions within the context of a testable model.
  • Missionaries and evangelists: Unbelievers with a high view of science generally view science as in conflict with the Bible. Reasons Institute's courses will prepare missionaries and evangelists to use the tried-and-true techniques implemented by RTB's scholars in order to share the Gospel in a language that skeptics and scientists can understand.

No additional scientific knowledge beyond high school is necessary for success - just a desire to learn.

For further information about Reasons Institute, please contact our office at (855) REASONS, or at learning@reasons.org.

What are the academic standards for Reasons Institute courses?

To ensure that our courses provide the same rigor and breadth as those of the degree-granting institutions that have partnered with us, Reasons Institute courses conform to the following criteria set by the universities.

  • Class credits are measured in "Carnegie Units," which means 1 unit of credit represents = 38–40 hours of instruction and preparation.
  • A 2-unit course provides about 80 hours of focused engagement (our 15-week courses). A 3-unit course provides approximately 120 hours of focused engagement (our 8-week courses).

To get the most out of this learning experience, students should plan their schedules to allow sufficient time for study. A modest investment of time over a limited period (8 or 15 weeks) can have a transformative effect on one’s life and perspective.

What if I need to drop a course?

If you decide to withdraw before the class begins or if you never attend the course, you have two options:

  1. Request a full refund for your course registration minus a $25 processing fee.
  2. Request to have your course registration transferred to the next term.

In the event that you decide to withdraw from a course within the first two weeks, you may do the following:

  1. Request to have your course registration transferred to the next term by paying an additional $50 instructor fee*, or
  2. Request a refund for the course registration minus a $50 instructor fee.
*You may only use your $50 instructor fee credit once for the same course. It is not transferrable to an additional course. The full amount of course tuition will be due from that point on.
        

NO refunds will be given on course materials or on course registrations after the first 2 weeks of the course. Send refund requests and inquiries to learning@reasons.org.

Can I earn a formal degree through Reasons Institute?

Reasons Institute is not a degree-granting institution. However, we do offer a series of Certificates in Science Apologetics upon completion of a sequence of courses.

Also, through our partnership with Hope International University, students can earn graduate credit that is transferable to most universities, both Christian and secular. Students should check with their college registrar office in order to verify eligibility requirements.

Students wishing to pursue a formal degree in science apologetics might want to consider the Master of Arts in Science and Religion program available through Biola University. Some of RTB’s scholars are adjunct faculty in the program. Additionally, some courses offered through Reasons Institute can be transferred to Biola, giving students a jump-start on their degree program.

We also recommend another one of our educational partners, Southern Evangelical Seminary. They offer a certificate in Scientific Apologetics as part of their M.A. program.

Reasons Institute courses taken for audit cannot be given academic credit at a later date.

Is taking an online course right for me?

The following questions will help you determine if taking an online course is right for you.

Do I have proficient computer skills?

  • I own a computer and am comfortable navigating it and browsing the web using Firefox.
  • I know how to create .doc or .docx files using word processing software.
  • I know how to download, save and open .mp3 and .pdf files on my computer.
  • I know how to download and install basic software onto my computer, such as Adobe Flash Player and Mozilla Firefox.
  • I am comfortable communicating with others using email and online message boards.

If you answered “yes” to these statements, then please move forward with enrollment.

If you answered “no” to most or all of these statements, you may want to consider enrolling in one of our on-demand courses.

Is my learning style a good match for online classes?

  • I understand that the main form of communication with my instructor will be through the learning platform (Moodle), online message boards and email.
  • I have the self-discipline to complete the required coursework within a given time frame.
  • I understand that my instructor and peers might not be “online” at the same time as me. Therefore having to wait a few hours for a response is common.
  • I know that Reasons Institute courses are graduate level courses. This means that the content may be intensive and I will need to allocate sufficient time for the course each week.

If you answered “yes” to most or all of these statements, then online learning through Reasons Institute is definitely right for you. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

If you answered "no" to most or all of these statements, then we recommend looking at the courses offered through our personal enrichment program. These courses are on-demand and do not require any written or reading assignments.

Troubleshooting

The following list will address some of the most common problems students experience while taking courses through Reasons Institute.

1. Log-in instructions along with your username and password will be sent via email on the Friday before the course begins. This information will be sent to the email address you provided during your check-out at the RTB web store (or by the university). If you do not receive your log-in information, please check your spam box. Sometimes, emails are re-directed there if the sender is not one of your regular contacts. If you have multiple email addresses, you will want to check those accounts as well.

2. Make sure to watch the New Student Orientation video before the course starts. This will answer most of the questions you may have as a new student. If you still have questions, please watch the Troubleshooting video.

3. Make sure to use Mozilla Firefox as your Web browser. This will allow you to have full functionality of the online learning platform (Moodle). Go to Mozilla’s website to access a free download of Firefox.

4. If you experience problems watching a video clip, it may be due to one of the following reasons:

  • Your internet network might be blocking video content. If you are trying to access the video from a public network (like work), video content could be blocked in order to prevent users from accessing adult content. They may also want to limit bandwidth usage. Whatever the case, if you are able, disable this security feature in order to access the video. If you are unable to disable this feature, try to log onto the course using a different network.
  • You may not have Flash installed on your computer. Go to Adobe’s website to access a free download.
  • You might be trying to watch a Flash video on your Apple device. Although Flash works on Apple computers, it does not work on iPads, iPhones, or any other Apple mobile device without using a third-party app (such as Vimeo or YouTube).
  • You may be in a different country and are trying to access a video through PBS.org, which blocks users outside of the U.S. and Canada. If this is the case, you can use YouTube to access copies of most of these videos.

5. If you receive the following message on Moodle: “Error 404,” this is a mistake on our end. Please let us know as soon as possible so that we can fix the link are trying to access. Email us at learning@reasons.org.

6. If you are unable to upload your assignments, you are likely experiencing one of the following problems:

  • You are trying to upload your assignment early. Moodle will not allow you to upload an assignment before it is due.
  • Double check the due date of the assignment. If it has the wrong month or year, it is an error on our part. Please let us know as soon as possible, so we can fix the problem. Please contact us at learning@reasons.org.

Does Reasons Institute offer scholarships?

Reasons Institute does not offer need-based or academic scholarships to students. However, we do offer excerpts from some free lectures on our Sample Lectures page. We also recommend our Personal Enrichment courses as a cost-effective alternative to our traditional courses.