Many people find that learning as part of a group gives them more depth of insight into a subject than learning alone does. Other peers talk about insights you may have missed, and you share your own insights. It’s just like the Bible says, “As iron sharpens iron, so a person sharpens his friend” (Proverbs 27:17).
Learners that prefer to learn in a group, should do the course with others in a small group (two or more learners) to enable collaboration and immediate application in their ministry context.
There are different ways to form groups:
Learn with a Group of Christian Friends
If you are interested in doing a course, you could invite other Christian friends and form a group to learn together. The group can choose a facilitator who will organize meetings, coordinate discussions, and so on. This person does not have to be an expert on the subject matter; he or she can learn along with the group.
The group could then
watch the videos together, do the quizzes as a group or separately, and write the results of their discussions online, or
get together to discuss the discussion questions, after having watched a series of videos independently at times that best suited them.
Learn in a Team
If you are on a team going to do intercultural ministry, or you are perhaps already on-field, you can enhance your learning by discussing the implications of what the course is teaching you to your situation. The team facilitator may be the team leader, who organizes meetings, coordinates discussions, and so on.
In case you are in a sensitive place, you might want to guard your team’s privacy. The software allows us to set up cohorts of learners that have their own private discussion forums. Contact us if you are interested.
Learn on your own, but participate actively in the online discussion forums
An advantage of doing a course on your own or with your spouse is that you have total freedom in setting the pace as you prefer. But we highly recommend that you participate actively in the online discussion forums as much as you can, as you may learn more from others than you would expect (Proverbs 27:17).