Learners and Teachers

11653624164_fbe8c31816_b (1)Online: Monday September 2 – Monday September 22, 2014

In person: Saturday, September 6 2014, 8:30am – 3:30pm at the ECMN Retreat Center, Faribault MN

How do we encourage life-long learning in our communities?

How does learning together encourage us to follow the ways of Jesus?

How can we equip people to practice their faith daily in all the various communities in their lives?

Preparing for a leadership role means preparing to become a life-long learner – and to facilitate the learning of those you lead.

The first half of this course will focus on the practicalities of learning: students will take a crash course in how to get the most out of their online learning, including an orientation to Moodle and the videoconferencing technologies that will be used.

The second half of this course will focus on the how leaders can help communities follow the way of Jesus through learning together. 11258090784_13a2bdef96_k

All our subsequent courses will feature assessments based on learning experiences you create for your communities. In this course, learn how to develop and encourage learning in community and what makes for an excellent facilitator and teacher. Take home a toolkit of adult-education models and tools to use in the rest of your ministry, and learn to see congregations as creative, collaborative learning communities.

Required Reading:

Block, Peter. Community the structure of belonging. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2008. Print.

Kaner, Sam, and Lenny Lind. Facilitator’s guide to participatory decision-making. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: New Society Publishers, 1996. Print.

Williams, R. Bruce. 36 tools for building spirit in learning communities. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin Press, 2006. Print.

GDrake - Version 2Instructors:

The Rev. Guy Drake, Deacon in ECMN, expert in online curriculum development for Dale Carnegie

Amanda Ziebell-Finley, Ed.D. Candidate in Education, specializing in constructivist learning communities. MA in Organizational Leadership

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