Have you ever wanted to take an online class but don’t want to do it solo? If so, the Greenburgh Public Library has the right program for you! In January, GPL will be starting a new program called Learning Circles.
What are Learning Circles?
Learning Circles are small study groups for individuals interested in taking free online courses together. Librarians will lightly-facilitate and support the group directed series but all learning is through peer to peer interaction. To read more about this style of learning visit: https://learningcircles.p2pu.org/en/about/. Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU) and Chicago Public Library were the first to launch a series of successful circles in 2016. GPL’s Learning Circles will focus on technology skills that patrons want to learn.
Some examples of Learning Circles that have happened in other libraries are: “How to use Google Docs” and “Social Media 101.” To fully engage and participate in the program, users should have an active email address and be comfortable using the internet.
How does it work?
Learning Circles will take place in the Library’s Computer Training Room. At the first session, librarians will provide participants with an introduction and outline of the Learning Circle. The circle will run for four weeks with 90 minute sessions. Librarians will be present but will serve as guides rather than instructors. Participants will support each other in their learning and facilitate the class amongst themselves.
How do I sign up?
If you are interested in participating in a GPL Learning Circle, please fill out the GPL Learning Circles Interest Survey. We will be looking for ideas of technology skills you would like to learn through an online class. Be sure to leave contact information that we can reach you at as we will be contacting participants in early December with the topic. Please note, we will strive to take all ideas into considerations but will not be able to accommodate all suggestions.