ISW has been on a journey to increase the value of the Handout Packet provided to students who take our courses.
Initially, the handout packet was just a photocopy of select slides from the classes. It was provided as a convenience to the students. We have continued to develop the slides and the handout packets over the years to the point where we are recognizing it as a valuable resource. We have literally put hundreds of hours into the packets.
In a recent meeting with a consultant, we were discussing ways to develop product that could help support the costs of providing our ministry. In surveying the ministry, he was appalled that we are not charging for our handout packet (We currently only cover the cost of printing them). He did a quick survey and estimated the value of the packets at $100.00 each. He believed ISW needed to begin charging for them to offset the cost involved in developing them and to recognize the value in the material provided.
Taking this under advisement, the Sexual Wholeness board decided to begin charging $35.00 per packet. Packets were spiral bound with headers (identifying the specific lecture), page numbers and a table of contents. Feedback was very positive to this format with many students stating they believed $35 was very inexpensive for the value of the packet. The greatest feedback came in a request for a digital form.
Within a couple semesters we had moved the packets to $50 each (as had been planned) and moved them to digital format published by Sexual Wholeness Resources. In digital form, students are able to download the packet and keep it on their computer. It is in a PDF ebook format and can be read in any PDF reader. Many applications can also be used to add notes to the packet during class. Students may also print them and bring them to class in hardcopy format if they wish.
A link to the packet is provided to students the week before class. Students purchase the packet online, download it, and prepare to bring it to class in their preferred format (tablet, laptop, printed, etc.).
Most courses have packets that are over 150 pages and contain a wealth of information. Many include information and resources in addition to the slides presented in class.
We welcome you ongoing input into the packets. Help us know how to improve their use to you.