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

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.

Group Activities

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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