Join us for a 4-week online course exploring the fundamentals of creative learning. Gain practical skills to facilitate STEAM learning programs in your library. Starts the week of April 26th.
The PLIX team enthusiastically invites you to our first-ever Facilitating Creative Learning Online Course. With these four weeks of interactive professional development, you'll gain the skills and confidence to start facilitating creative STEAM programming for your patrons.
The Details 🔍
- Who is this course for? Public library professionals interested in creative learning and STEAM programming. 👩🎨👩🔬
- When is it? The 4-week online course will begin the week of April 26, 2021. We plan to spend about eight hours total together—some in shared time together, but mostly asynchronous. 💻🤝
- What can I expect? We'll dive deep into the design choices of all three stages of any hands-on STEAM workshop: before, during, and after. With peers nationwide, you'll develop your facilitation practice and leave feeling prepared to offer patrons PLIX activities—and other creative learning activities of your own design. 🎈👾
- Why should I participate? Librarians are increasingly asked to lead educational programs with emerging technologies. At PLIX, we feel it’s important not just to get new tools into the hands of patrons, but to cultivate a learning environment where they can experiment and create with technology. 🧠💃
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.
- Week 1 - Getting Started with Creative Learning & PLIX
- Week 2 - Imagine: Planning & Prepping Your Workshop
- Week 3 - Create & Play: Running Your Workshop
- Week 4 - Share & Reflect: Wrapping Up Your Workshop & Growing as a Facilitator
In addition to asynchronous conversations about each week's content, we will also have two weekly drop-in times for discussions over Zoom:
- Community Chats on Tuesdays @ 12pm ET 👋
- Tinkering Time on Thursdays @ 3pm ET 💡
More information will be released as we get closer to the start date!
What is PLIX?
The Public Library Innovation Exchange (PLIX) develops STEAM learning experiences based on MIT Media Lab research and designed for the public library setting. Read more on our About page.
I’ve never worked with any PLIX activities or materials before. Can I still attend?
Can I get continuing education or other class credit for attending?
The PLIX team is looking into this option state-by-state. If you have advice about securing such an arrangement, we welcome your insight!
How much does it cost to attend?
This course is supported as part of an IMLS grant and is available to all at no charge.
What’s the relationship between this and MIT’s Learning Creative Learning (LCL) course?
Members of the PLIX team were part of the group that launched the first iterations of Learning Creative Learning (LCL) in 2013 & 2014. This course focuses more squarely on facilitation, has been tailored specifically to the needs of public libraries, and is based on what we have learned from running LCL in the past!
I am not a librarian. May I sign up?
While this four-week online course has been designed specifically for public library professionals to learn about creative learning facilitation, we welcome participation from other educators who do not work in public libraries. We just ask that you hold space for the library professionals to have conversations about their shared experiences.
I’ve been to a PLIX workshop before. Should I enroll?
While this course will contain some elements from earlier in-person workshops, every iteration of our professional development offerings has a new set of peers to learn alongside and many new insights to offer. We welcome your participation! As you know, we believe facilitation is a practice 😊, so you may find new ways to stretch your learning. If you have questions or concerns, please email us.
Can I spread the word to other library staff?
Yes! Please do. We will happily accommodate as many library professionals as can make it and are designing the course experience to accommodate at least 150 learners—and up to thousands!
(By the way, you are just the kind of enthusiast we will be looking for later this year as we launch the first-ever PLIX Creative Learning Ambassadors cohort. Participants will advocate for creative learning in their local communities and receive an honorarium for their participation. Be sure you are signed up for our newsletter so that you will hear about that program when it launches.)
What if I cannot take the course right now? Will you offer it again?
This is currently the only time we are planning to offer this online course (for now!). For ongoing interactions with the PLIX community of practice, we have monthly activity trainings and community calls, and our discussion forum is a great place to share ideas with and meet other library professionals.
We welcome participation from PLIX community members, friends of PLIX, or any librarians or library staff who are excited about creative learning and STEAM education in libraries. We can’t wait to meet you!
Questions? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. (RE-246380-OLS-20).
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