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Libraries adopting innovative model for community learning

  FOR IMMEDIATE NATIONAL RELEASE For further information contact: Grif Peterson grif@p2pu.org   Libraries adopting innovative model for community learning Libraries are making online education more accessible and interactive by adopting “learning circles”, librarian-facilitated study groups for people who want to take online courses together and in person. This November, 15 public library systems in…

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Empowering Volunteers in Kenya

Learning circles have been running across 15 public libraries in Kenya over the past year with support from EIFL, OSF and the Kenya National Libary Service (KNLS). EIFL’s story about the first group of Learning Circle participants in Kenya is worth reading for context, as well as their notable achievements: 246 learners – about three times more than…

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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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Updates to learningcircles.p2pu.org

We’re excited to share recent updates we’ve made to the learning circles tools to help you better run learning circles! Team organizer dashboard interface Last year we introduced the ability to form teams of facilitators managed by one or more organizers. As team sizes increased, it became apparent that we needed to improve the user…

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Making the internet work for us

Written by Wendy Pearson, Digital Inclusion Fellow at Kansas City Public Library, and cross posted from KCPL’s website. PREFACE As a digital inclusion leader, the Kansas City Public Library provides many ways to engage in digital learning, including a Digital Media Lab for teens, over 300 public access computers available over a ten branch system,…

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P2PU in Detroit

We just completed the first round of learning circles in Detroit, in partnership with Libraries Without Borders. Two learning circles were held at the Parkman Branch of the Detroit Public Library (DPL) and one was held at The Matrix Center. In addition to running the three learning circles, P2PU and LWB trained 18 librarians and library…

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