Safe Food For the Hungry -- II
Learning Center Activities Introduction
Planning Site Activities
This section of the Site Educator's Handbook outlines the suggested site activities
for the break period of the Safe Food for the Hungry -II videoconference workshop.
Some of the site activities are designed for use in a learning center format, with
individuals or groups rotating through the various activities. The other activities
are designed to be utilized as group activities with the entire group working on
the same activity at the same time. The learning centers can be used as individual
activities, group activities, or in some combination. The group activities may be
utilized as a large group, or as several smaller groups. The appropriate format
or formats for site activities depends on a number of factors including: the number
of participants, the background of the participants, the site educator's preferences,
and the physical constraints of the meeting room. All activities can be modified
to fit the particular needs at individual sites.
Learning centers are self-teaching centers arranged at various places throughout
the meeting room or in another room, if available. Participants can move through
the centers either individually or in small groups. This format is very flexible
and has several advantages in regard to our audience. Depending on the number and
composition of participants at a site, participants may visit the learning centers
individually or in small groups. Working individually allows each participant to
customize their learning experience, spending more time with those activities that
are of most interest to them, and less time with other activities. Working in groups
may stimulate conversation and thought. Participants can benefit from discussing
similar problems with others in their field. Whether you use the workshop activities
for individualized learning, to stimulate group discussions, or some combination
will depend on the size and composition of your group.
Site educators can set up the self-teaching learning centers at the beginning of
the lunch break, or prior to the conference if space is available. Encourage participants
to move about and do activities of interest as they are waiting to eat or as they
finish eating. Or, if you wish to use the learning centers as a group activity,
divide the participants into groups before lunch and rotate them through the learning
centers and lunch as groups.
The group activities are designed to generate discussion and to encourage participants
to learn from each other. Talking and sharing with other individuals who have similar
problems can be one of the most valuable aspects of the workshop experience. Depending
on the number of participants at each site, group activities can be done with the
entire group, or the participants can be split into smaller groups.
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