Posts By: Nico

Citizenship Circles in Rhode Island

In September 2016, the Providence Public Library launched its first Learning Circle for students who were on a waiting list for English classes.   Since then we have offered a 2nd English Learning Circle, 3 Learning Circles for adult immigrants who are studying for the U.S. citizenship exam and a literature learning circle for adults immigrants….

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When seekers and rebels meet (Or, my experience studying the Learning Circles)

I recently defended my dissertation which focused entirely on Learning Circles. Coming from a Ph.D. program in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, I had many opportunities to look at the intersections of learning and networked technologies through courses, readings, workshops, conferences, lectures, etc. Having this background made me eager to start my own explorations. I…

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Will people show up?

During our expansion (from Coast 2 Coast), we sent out a survey to 40 new library facilitators about their interests and concerns about learning circles. According to our survey results, their greatest worry about learning circles is that learners won’t show up or stay engaged. “The only challenge I’m worried about is low attendance, which…

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Peer 2 Peer & Coast 2 Coast

And we’re off! Thanks to a grant from the Knight Foundation, we’ve started to expand learning circles across the United States. Learning circles are lightly-facilitated study groups for learners who want to take online courses together. We started running learning circles as a pilot with Chicago Public Library in 2015 and after a year and…

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Welcome Nico!

Well, what can I say? Hello! This is me! I joined P2PU as the Community Lead, and fitting with my colleagues’ fun and clever titles, I declare myself Town Crier (although Community Whisperer was a close second). My focus will be coordinating the learning circle program, with some big help from the Knight Foundation. We’ll…

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