Learning Community facilitators’ training takes place in two half-day workshops.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THE WORKSHOPS? What are the aims?
By the end of the first session, you will:
- Get to know other people interested in Learning Communities, and have the opportunity join a network of facilitators for mutual support and practise improvement
- Understand the theory, philosophy, benefits and limitations behind the Learning Community approach
- Know the three steps to set up and run a Learning Community
- Achieve or refine the required facilitation skills
- Be familiar with a suite of tools and techniques for reflection and evaluation
- Appreciate the role of data in the Learning Community
- Know the aims and arrangements for the second session
By the end of the second session, you will have:
- Connected with other participants and shared experiences since last time
- Re-visited the theory, philosophy, benefits and limitations behind Learning Communities
- Heard what happens in a Learning Community meeting and the sorts of topics discussed
- Explored the three steps with a focus on running and refreshing a Learning Community including facilitation skills, dealing with challenges and ensuring an even contribution
- Considered Learning Community reporting, evaluation and reflection tools
WHAT DO I NEED TO PREPARE BEFOREHAND?
- Please review programme aims and bring personal ‘wish’ list to the session
- If you have some experience of being a Learning Community member or facilitator, please make a brief note of any significant moments from your experiences. We work in pairs so it’s not essential if you’d prefer not to or if Learning Communities are new to you
- Bring ideas for any Communities that you might have in mind for future development – this is not essential if you don’t have any specific plans
- Bring some paper and a pen for your own notes
- Let us know if you have any specific access or dietary needs.
WHO ELSE WILL BE THERE?
There are usually 6 to 12 people at each workshop, often from a range of organisational types, sectors and settings. Some will be new to Learning Communities and some will have been participating for some time.
HOW WILL I HELP IMPROVE FUTURE WORKSHOPS?
We seek to make the training brilliant and will need your help to improve it – we ask participants for feedback and comments at every stage. Broadly, we want to know:
- What skills, knowledge and support are needed to set up a Learning Community? To what extent do the workshops, handbook and Facilitators’ Community help achieve them?
- What else is needed?
- What impact does joining the programme have?
WHO DO I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION OR HELP?
@NetworkLouise / @LngCommunities on Twitter
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