Suggested time: 20 min
Facilitator tip: If you’re meeting online, you may want to offer participants time before the session to check in about technical difficulties. Many virtual facilitators like to join their meetings 10 minutes early to allow participants time to troubleshoot or ask questions before the learning circle begins.
Facilitator tip: To maintain a collaborative environment, ask participants to volunteer and take turns introducing themselves and reading sections of this course out loud to each other.
A learning circle is a facilitated study group for people who want to meet regularly and learn about a topic with others. Learning circles have a facilitator whose job is to keep the meetings appropriate, on task, and supportive of individual learners’ participation and goals. There are no teachers or students in a learning circle—instead, everyone works through the material together as peers. Even if you’re brand new to this topic, sharing your opinions and personal experiences with the group will make it a much richer learning experience for everyone.
This learning circle is focused on the basics of artificial intelligence (AI) and on how it impacts everyday life. It is designed to run for 5 weeks, meeting once a week for 90 minutes.
During those 5 weeks, we will cover:
Each module contains a short instructional video, discussions about subject matter, short interactive activities, and a comic book with supplementary reading. You won’t need to come prepared with extra materials or to have any specific knowledge of programming, math, or AI to complete the activities.
To create a supportive and effective space for everyone, it’s recommended that the group agrees on a set of norms for their meetings. It is the facilitator’s role to uphold these expectations and remind participants when they are not upheld. Here are some suggestions (adapted from Our Data Bodies’ Digital Defense Playbook) that work well for most learning circles:
Facilitator tip: Ask all participants to agree to expectations by collectively raising their hand on video, typing a message in the chat, or writing their name in a shared agenda.