Online Education FAQs — Center for Action and Contemplation

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Online Education FAQs

There is no application packet or process for individual Online Education courses. Individuals only need to register for a course to participate in it. Find current courses and links to registration in the course catalog.

No, the username and password for the online course will be different from your CAC Online Bookstore username and password. If you are taking an online course for the first time, you will be emailed login information for the course shortly after registering. If you've previously taken a course with us, you will use the credentials from your past courses.

You can register for an online course by following the directions on the course description page. Find current courses and links to registration in the course catalog. You must register for each Online Education course separately. Each course has its own opening and closing dates for registration.

You can take as many courses as you desire, and you can repeat courses if you choose. Each course that you would like to take must be registered for individually.

Registered online learners will need reliable access to a computer that meets the requirements of the online platform. To ensure that your computer has the appropriate requirements for full functionality for online courses, please click here.

All of our courses are $120 except two: the Introductory Wisdom School and The Divine Exchange, which are $195. Please check the Online Education course catalog for courses open for registration.

The CAC is able to offer a limited amount of tuition assistance (based on financial need) for each online course. Please fill out the online Financial Assistance form for financial support for an online course at least 1 week before registration is scheduled to close. This assistance is for the registration course fee only. If the course requires a book, recipients of tuition assistance will need to locate it on their own through a local library, bookseller or the CAC Bookstore. Please do not register for an online course until your financial assistance request has been processed.

It is not permissible to share username, password, and login information with others. Each individual must register for an online course to participate in it.

Each online course is self-paced and is unique in its format. Online learners can anticipate that each course will be founded on the themes and lineage that Fr. Richard identified for the Living School. The format may include video teachings, audio teachings, commentary, online group discussion, personal reflection, contemplative practice, and more. Our courses vary in length from 7 to 14 weeks. When each course opens for registration, the dates of the course will be clearly displayed.

Once a course has begun, registered online learners will have access to the course 24 hours a day until the course closes. Online learners are able to go at their own pace within the (opening and closing) dates of the course.

Fr. Richard will be present in the course only through his books, articles, audio teachings and video teachings.

Yes, when a course requires one, (such as a book course) a Teaching Assistant from the CAC will be present in the course.

Yes, each online course includes a Discussion Forum where participants are encouraged to share with and respond to each other. Discussions are facilitated by Teaching Assistants. Please review our Online Conversations Guidelines.

Whenever possible, each course will have a bibliography of the resources referenced. This will be made available to registered online learners after the course has begun.

All courses are self-paced within the defined duration of the course. Each online course will require different levels of time commitment depending on the subject and length of the course, as well as the online learner’s own level of engagement. When possible, each course description will estimate the time commitment for the course. Once an online learner starts the course, it will be self-paced and accessible 24 hours a day until the closing date.

Each week a section of the course is “opened” for online learner access. Once a section is opened it remains open for the duration of the course. Each section displays the date it will open.

If you seek CEUs, it will be up to you, as the online learner, to make arrangements with a certified organization using the course description.

No, each learner must register for a course during the corresponding registration period before a course begins.

Yes, Online Education courses can be transferred to someone else until the registration closes for the specific course, which is one week before the course start. Please send transfer requests to [email protected].

Online Education courses can be refunded when written notice is received 30 days before the course start date. Each canceled registration will be assessed a cancellation fee of $50 with the remainder refunded to the credit card used to register. Please send cancellation requests to [email protected]*Courses can be transferred to the next time the course runs at no extra charge up until the course begins.

Extensions are not available; courses are opened and closed on fixed dates. You can re-enroll in the next course, but there is no reduction in the registration fee, and you will need to register for the course again through CAC’s Online Education course catalog.

To stay up to date on the latest Online Education offerings and registration dates, sign up for the CAC News emails here, or check the course catalog.

CAC currently has two branches of study, (1) The Living School for Action and Contemplation and (2) Online Education courses. The Living School for Action and Contemplation is a 2-year program that combines online and at-home study, and on-site sessions in Albuquerque, NM. Online Education courses are self-paced and 100% online courses that individuals register for through the CAC Online Bookstore at their discretion. The course offerings in these two branches are distinct from one another.

No, all CAC Online Education courses are 100% online and do not require any travel. An online learner only needs a computer that meets the requirements for the online platform.

CAC’s online learning platform is user-friendly and easy to access. These articles would be good to review before your course starts:

Online learners will most likely not need to download software to their computers. To ensure that your computer meets the requirements, please click here.

If you have lost or forgotten your password for any of the Online Education courses, please go to and click the Forgot Password? link. Here is a knowledge base article that explains the process. If that doesn't work for you for some reason, email us at [email protected] to request that your password be reset. Please provide the following information in your email: first and last names, email address, name of the course.

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