About Study Groups
EduCareDo is a self directed course for individuals and at the same time students are encouraged to work alongside others to discuss and consider ways other people have worked with the lesson content. Being part of a study group helps to enliven the lesson content and motivate and benefit a community. Study group meetings give an opportunity to share resources, work through the exercises and experiments, and practice what has been learnt.
Join a Study Group
Study groups form in communities or schools when a minimum of 6 people come together and enrol to work through the EduCareDo lessons together. It’s helpful to have one person from the group act as the liaison with EduCareDo on enrolments and scheduling. Please contact the team at EduCareDo to assist you to get started.
Study Group Guide
Some study group members may already have the course materials because they enrolled at an earlier date as an individual student while others may just be getting started. Those just getting started can either enrol individually by following the instructions on the website or the enrolments can be sent together as an email attachment or through the post along with the receipt of the bank transfer. A single payment to cover all study group members can be made via the study group option on the enrolment page. When enrolling, it’s important to note the name of the study group on the form.
The cost per person for the 26 lessons is $350; this includes the $100 discount for teachers and study group members. We are happy to offer a further discount of one free enrolment after the 6th new student in the study group (7th enrolment is free). There is no additional fee to obtain the General or the Teacher's Certificate of Completion. If a student has the course material from having previously enrolled as an individual, no refund is given for the study group discount.
The members of the group set the mail-out schedule to suit their needs so that everyone receives the lessons in time to prepare for the group meetings. For example, if the group meets once a month, the lessons could be sent one month beforehand. Email copies of the lessons are sent to each member of the group. However, some members of a study group have opted to have printed copies posted to one address, in time to be distributed at the study group meeting.
Some groups, especially those attached to a school choose to have a break during school holidays and pause receiving the lessons until school resumes. Or, individual students can continue to receive the lessons and work on them during the holidays or file them away until the study group convenes after the holiday break.
The facilitator is someone who acts as the liaison with EduCareDo. They provide a list of the members and the mail-out schedule. The facilitator convenes the meetings. The study group meetings are a time to have discussions about the course material and to work on exercises and artistic activities together. However, the group can decide to have someone facilitate or mentor on a particular topic within the lessons. For example, someone may be invited to the study group to help with astronomy, painting or child development topics, etc. In some instances, study groups are formed to offer professional development.
EduCareDo is currently developing ways to assist study groups with complementary courses and workshops. Please let us know if you have a special interest in this.
The course is designed to be experiential and practical. Group members attend out of their own volition to experience the benefits of working together and sharing the exploration of the questions, ‘What do I know, how do I care, and what do I do?’
Each person is responsible for doing their own work and submitting it. Some people will submit work; others will choose not to. The same applies to the work given in each lesson; each student takes self-direction in maintaining diary entries, artistic work and any other activities (e.g. watercolour painting). It is each members choice whether they submit their diary sheets for feedback from an EduCareDo tutor and/or work towards the completion of the certificate requirements.
We look forward to working with you to make your study group experience a fruitful one, and we are happy to help you in any way we can.
To find out more about study groups email firstname.lastname@example.org
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