About Insight

Teaching Method

The most influential people in the world are not those who have been taught what to think, but those who have learned how.

Through INSIGHT’s unique discussion based teaching method, we give students the analytical mindset to face controversial issues and conflicting viewpoints. At INSIGHT, students aren’t just handed easy conclusions, they are allowed to come to their own, with biblical guidance, within a framework of faith.

Above all, we seek to arm students with the ability to discern truth in what they read, hear and are taught, then with equal accuracy to communicate that truth to their peers, professors, and the world.

 

Independent learning

In INSIGHT, the majority of study is independent, reading based, and self-initiated. The average student will spend 4 to 5 hours a day (for every group discussion session) doing assigned readings and synthesizing his or her learning through the Insight Study Guide. This guide provides directions for daily Bible study, lesson introductions, assigned readings, and guided questions for study and discussion.

The independent study aspect of the program requires students to exercise discipline and self-motivation.

 

Discussion Based

Facilitated peer discussions are where much of the learning and processing of the INSIGHT curriculum take place. Instead of going to lectures in history class, followed by anthropology, philosophy, literature, and religion, students integrate what they are learning through group discussions. This takes the place of traditional classroom teaching.

Students prepare for discussions through their independent study, bringing questions and insights to assess and debate with the group. Discussion leaders facilitate using the discussion questions in the Study Guide as a spring board, while students are expected to support their points from the assigned readings and be able to process the material in discussion.

 

Lectures

Once every week or two, students have the opportunity to interact with an expert or professional in a field they are currently studying. These lectures provide context or additional expertise on what the students are learning. Students also participate in other campus seminars and events, including skill development workshops, review sessions, community meals and prayer meetings.

 

Field trips

As part of the integrated curriculum, students travel to holy sites and cultural festivals corresponding to their studies. Throughout the year students will visit, among other places, a mosque, a Hindu temple, a Jewish synagogue, a Catholic church, and speak personally with proponents of each of these religions, juxtaposing the historical development with the modern context of each. 

 

Small class size

INSIGHT classes are deliberately limited in their size to an average of twelve students, and maximum of sixteen. We find this size is ideal to enhance community and promote interactive discussions. We’re exclusive about who we choose to be a part of each class, because students not only learn and grow with their classmates, they keep them as long-term friends for the future.

Though the immediate community is small, we encourage students to get involved in the larger community at their chosen location and form relationships outside of the program. Also, because of the intensity and singularity of the INSIGHT experience, students often find they connect readily with both INSIGHT Alumni and students from other sites. When students come to Insight they are joining a preexisting network of thinking, mission-minded friends that now stretches across the world.