I am the evaluation partner for P2PU and their Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) study of which the Chicago Public Libraries are a part. I will be collecting and analyzing learner data as well as other information about Chicago and five other library systems throughout the country that are participating in the study. Our goal is to determine how well Learning Circles (LCs) work in various environments with an effort to design support systems which further the success of LCs. Overall, the Learning Circle model was developed for public library systems to increase the likelihood of success in online educational formats for those without college degrees.
Your input is key!! Please share the successes, challenges and opportunities of your experiences with Learning Circles. Suggested topics include a wide array of areas including technology, curriculum, personalities, barriers and sources of personal motivation.
What types of experiences did you find most challenging or rewarding?
Has the branch size, location or demographic you serve impact the success of your Learning Circles?
The Chicago libraries have conducted LCs for several years now. Please describe the length of your involvement, how many LCs you’ve facilitated and what inspires you. What types of system changes, if any, within the library or from P2PU, do you feel have contributed to the continuing evolution of LCs? Do you have easy access and multiple opportunities to make improvements in “all things” LC related? If so, please share your contributions. If not, please let us know what we can do better to help you.