Online Course: 
Facilitating Creative Learning

Online Course: Facilitating Creative Learning



Welcome to the course! Our 🌱 Week 2 content drop is live! Check it out now.


Add your Cosmic Picnic and Intergalactic Garden projects to the PLIX Forum shareouts


Order materials β€” you'll need LEDs, coin cells, and copper tape for May 13th's Make'n'Meet!

Led by: The PLIX Team & experienced public library professionals from the PLIX community

〰️ Weekly Flow

The 4-week online course runs Monday, April 26th through Friday May 21st, 2021. We plan to spend about eight hours total β€” some in shared time together, but mostly asynchronous.

Each week, we'll delve into a creative learning theme together, exploring some big ideas as well as practical facilitation techniques you can implement with PLIX activities.



Each week's new content launches by 10am ET. Listen to a weekly audio-only PLIX Conversation Starter and prepare questions for the Q&A.



Find out more about the week's content in this live Q&A on Zoom. (Gatherings will be recorded and posted.)


Read, listen, & make, and then add your ideas and reflections to the PLIX Forum.


3pm ET MAKEβ€˜N’ MEET PLIX activity spotlight and open hours focused on the week's themes while we tinker on projects together on Zoom. (Intro will be recorded and posted.)


Read, reflect on, and respond to what your fellow coursemates have written on the PLIX Forum.

πŸ—“οΈ Our Four Weeks Together

After diving in with a brief overview and welcome, the four-week course is structured around PLIX's set of seven principles of facilitating creative learning and running hands-on STEAM workshops. Each week we will cover up to three of these principles, hear from library leaders in the field, and reflect how these facilitation principles apply in our respective contexts. Along the way we will introduce a number of PLIX activities and create space for all participants to develop their own facilitation practice. New content is posted each Monday.

Things to Make With (Supplies List)

While the first week's activity prompt will be doable with household materials, the suggested materials for PLIX activities in weeks 2 and 3 are harder to find.

Order now to make sure you have your more uncommon materials in time for our Week 2 Makeβ€˜n’Meet on Thursday, May 6th.

Week 1Β β€” Introduction
Week 2Β β€” Encourage & Inspire
Week 3Β β€” Celebrate the Process
Week 4Β β€” Grow as a Facilitator
week 3 DRAFT page Celebrate the Process
week 4 DRAFT page

🎯 Course Objective

This fully online course explores the fundamentals of creative learning and is tailored to public library professionals. With these four weeks of interactive professional development, you'll gain the practical skills and confidence to start facilitating creative STEAM programming for your patrons. We'll dive deep into the design choices facilitators make when planning and implementing creative learning workshops, focusing especially on PLIX's Facilitation Techniques. With peers nationwide, you'll develop your facilitation practice and leave feeling prepared to offer patrons PLIX activitiesβ€”and other creative learning activities of your own design. Find out more about about what you may end up with at the end of the course.

Course Outputs

🍏 PLIX's Commitment

We will provide you with engaging content to deepen your understanding of creative learning and its unique techniques of facilitation. We will host a semi-private, casual community space to engage with your peers in the library field alongside a public forum where you can share ideas for all to see and make deeper connections. We will sponsor weekly tinkering/co-making sessions activities tied to PLIX activities, all made by MIT Media Lab researchers working with librarian co-designers. We will post recordings of live events so that those who cannot join synchronously may participate. We will provide documentation of time spent on the course to those who need it for continuing education credit.


This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. (RE-246380-OLS-20)


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