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 post a single response of 1-2 questions the group would like the faculty to answer by adding a comment to the original post in Facebook.
- 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).
- Your instructor will send a Canvas announcement when a new small group post has been added to your Facebook page.
- We recommend Google Meet-a prominent video conferencing tool–as your face-to-face meeting space. We provide the procedure and access to Google Meet below. If you have not done so already, to use Google Meet you'll be prompted to install Google Chrome (desktop) or the mobile app to access your video meeting.
- 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 posts a response in Facebook (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 (Google Meet 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.