Learning circles are free, lightly-facilitated study groups that meet regularly to learn from open educational resources. Rooted in values of community, peer learning, equity, and open access, a learning circle typically has the following components:
a facilitator (responsible for organizing the learning circle, not teaching: the group should work together to understand the material; see Facilitating Peer Learning)
a group of learners (ideally 4–12 for an engaging group dynamic; see Finding Participants)
a regular meeting space (in-person or online; see Setting Up Meeting Spaces)
recurring meetings (90 minutes/week for 6–8 weeks is a sweet spot for building a productive group culture without being alienating due to the time commitment; see Meeting Structure)
dedicated learning materials (often an online course; see Choosing a Course)
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