Learning Circles are peer-led study groups for learners who want to take online courses together and in-person.
Learning Circles are:
Learning Circles provide a social wrapper for online learning, supported by a designated facilitator (who could be you!). Far more than just delivering content, Learning Circles support the development of interpersonal skills and provide a space for participants to meaningfully engage with online educational resources and with their peers.
Delivered locally, Learning Circles bring online learning down to Earth. By identifying courses and subject matter relevant to specific communities and marketing through offline channels, Learning Circles engage individuals who wouldn’t otherwise benefit from online education and transform physical spaces into community learning hubs.
Our 2015 pilot in the Chicago Public Library network demonstrated 10x the retention of traditional MOOCs, reached entirely new audiences of first-time online learners, and fostered an environment that learners, facilitators, and host institutions are eager to repeat.
Built on open source technology and utilizing free online educational resources such as MOOCs, Learning Circles connect individuals directly to high-quality learning experiences, for free. Check out a selection of courses we've used in the past.
We believe that anybody can run a Learning Circle, and so we have developed a Learning Circle Guide to help you get started. This guide includes a facilitator handbook, a curated course list, marketing templates, and access to our online tools that will help you out whether you want to run just one Learning Circle in your home or organize dozens across an entire library system.Take me to the guide!
Who are we?
A passionate and powerful team of colleagues and volunteers.
Our small and dedicated team is based in North America, Africa, and Europe. We work closely with the global P2PU community to deliver our programs and redefine higher education, both online and offline. Sound good? Then we'd love to meet you.Join our mailing list
Work with us.
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Want help integrating Learning Circles into your organization? P2PU consults for organizations looking to get started. Our services include: facilitator workshops, course development, custom program design, ongoing facilitator support, web hosting, and software integration.Get in touch