As part of the class, you will be required to meet in small groups (your small group assignments are visible in the Groups tab in the left hand navigation of Canvas).
Here is a brief overview of how small groups will work:
- Small Group Method: Your small group must schedule a time among yourselves to meet in face-to-face video groups in order to discuss an assigned topic set by your course instructor. At the conclusion of the small group meeting, one member, acting as a representative of the group, will submit a single response of 1-2 questions the group would like the faculty to answer in Canvas.
- Small Group Procedure:
- Please read your syllabus carefully for the schedule of small group due dates for responses (your group will have at least one week to meet prior to each due date).
- We provide a dedicated video calling tool called Zoom with a unique login web address for your group. Prior to your first small group meeting, you will want to install the Zoom software on your computer or mobile device.
- One member of each group should volunteer to serve as leader. This person will:
- Lead the group in setting a time to meet.
- Make sure the group submits their questions in Canvas (though they are free to delegate the task of taking notes and making the post itself).
- Small Group Communication: While you have been assigned to a group in Canvas, we encourage you to create a small group in Facebook as well so you can take advantage of the community/collaborative tools such as Chat and the robust mobile apps for quick conversations. We also hope that these groups will prove meaningful as: a place to share questions/ideas, a group to study with throughout the course (Zoom can used anytime!), and a place for community and fellowship about ministry & life.
Tips on Small Groups
1. Use headphones (prevents feedback between you computer microphone and speakers)
2. Mute yourself when you are not speaking (prevents background noise from interfering with your group discussion)
3. Choose a quiet, well-lit space (prevents distractions and helps your classmates see and hear you clearly)
4. Be sure to contribute. People usually underestimate the helpfulness of even simple comments/observations. What you share is an important part of the learning process of others, so please share.