Facilitator guides are weekly agendas that help facilitators structure online course materials into a learning circle format.
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
A common 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 all take collective notes, keep track of questions, and add links to helpful videos, articles, and activities
Here are some examples of facilitator guides that we love: