Makerspace Resource Roundup!  

Learning circles and Makerspaces are a natural fit – the learning circle method centers the process of learning alongside peers, and Makerspaces provide the space, tools, and support to help that learning process happen. We’ve gathered a list of resources below related to different aspects of making, and we’d love to share your suggestions with…

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Facilitator Spotlight: Lutwama Herman Creates New Handicraft Courses in Uganda  

Lutwama Herman, a facilitator at the Kawempe Youth Center Community Library in Uganda, has created two new courses on making petroleum jelly and soap! Over 100 learning circle participants made their own products, and Herman included entrepreneurial advice to help learners start their own small businesses.  Herman used our facilitator guide template to design these…

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Facilitator Spotlight: Stacey and Gwendolyn on Self-Care in Libraries  

Stacey Goddard and Gwendolyn Haley from the Spokane County Library District co-facilitated a virtual learning circle using Coursera’s Science of Well-Being course, and we their experience was overwhelmingly positive: “It’s been a rough couple of years, and facilitating this topic with this group really filled my (emotional) bucket! I was surprised by how willing participants…

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Facilitator Guides as Living Agendas: Community Insights (+ a party playlist 🥳)  

On June 15th, our community of facilitators joined the P2PU Team to learn how to make effective facilitator guides, which are weekly agendas that help facilitators adapt online courses, take collective notes, and save helpful resources. Facilitators can use these guides to plan their learning circle sessions, and they provide a great reflection opportunity when…

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Facilitator Spotlight: Anna Kraynak on Digital Literacy  

Back in March, Anna Kraynak facilitated a learning circle showing learners how to use the Abington Free Library’s digital resources. Her learning circle participants shared enthusiastic feedback, and we’re thrilled to share Anna’s insights from her learning circle with you in the interview below. We’ve invited Anna to be a featured guest at our next…

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Meet Vuyani!  

My name is Vuyani Shabangu. I am originally from a country called Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), but I am currently in Centurion, South Africa. I am super excited to be a part of the P2PU community. I am a Software Developer by profession and I will be helping out with some of the tech stuff at…

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Facilitator Spotlight: Five Questions with Julie Chahal  

Julie Chahal is a facilitator at West End Learning Unlimited in Ottawa, Canada, and since July 2020, she has facilitated 18 virtual learning circles reaching more than 300 participants. Her learning circles have covered a wide range of topics, including art, geology, history, disease, music, and astronomy. We strongly believe that anyone can facilitate a…

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