Adapting courses to the learning circle format
Facilitator guides are weekly agendas that facilitators can use to adapt online course materials to the learning circle format.
Here are some examples of facilitator guides that we love:
Read on to learn more about ways to use facilitator guides!
Many online courses are designed for individual study, and this material doesn't always fit neatly into a learning circle structure. Here are some ways you can use facilitator guides to adapt courses to a learning circle format:
- Change the length of time devoted to covering a section of the course
- Example: A free online course is structured into 4 weeks of 2-hour-long sessions, but your learning circle group can only meet for 60 minutes at a time. Use a facilitator guide to break up the content into 8 weeks of 60-minute-long sessions.
Share an editable version of the guide with learning circle participants so that you can keep track of the knowledge that co-learners contribute. Some facilitators find that learners enjoy keeping records of particularly invigorating conversations between learners.
Facilitators are co-learners, not subject matter experts, and learners will often ask questions without a clear answer. Use the Reflection section of the facilitator guide to keep track of these questions, and check in at the beginning of sessions by asking learners to contribute the answers they found.
Over the course of the learning circle, learners will encounter videos, articles, books, and other resources to supplement their learning. Use the facilitator guide to save these resources for learners to find later.
Searching for learning resources with facilitator guides
Finding facilitator guides on course pages
P2PU follows this standard template when making new facilitator guides: