Absolutely! In fact, you’re exactly who should be running learning circles. As a learning circle facilitator, your job is not to teach, but instead host, organize, ask questions, guide, build relationships, support, help each learner achieve their goals and facilitate learning. It certainly is helpful to be excited or passionate about the learning circle topic, however expertise is not required There are, however, a few small things you should have first when running a learning circle: a quiet, accessible, space with consistent power and internet. That’s it!
We’ve got a ton of tips that can help you facilitate learning circles, and if you are reading this, that means that you’ve found our global support network of facilitators who are ready to help you.
Here’s a quick video featuring facilitators talking about the skills and characteristics that a facilitator needs, and how you don’t need to be an expert to facilitate a learning circle.
With contributions from:
Dan Hensley, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Kim Hagen, Chicago Public Library
Alexis Burns, Kansas City Public Library