Before the first group meeting
- Identify needs for training at your institution.
- Decide which need is the most urgent (you can get input from other staff members here).
- Choose an appropriate Bettercare course.
- Draw up a training budget.
- Get stakeholder buy-in.
- Advertise the course.
- Hold a preliminary information session about the Bettercare course you will run.
- Sign up group members (about 5–10) and get their contact details.
- Organise how you will read the books (online for free or order print versions).
- Contact everyone to say when and where the first official meeting will be held.
- Start a ‘Facilitator’s File’ (a flip-file is an easy and neat option) where you keep copies of templates, notes and important documents.
At the first group meeting
- Let group members introduce themselves.
- Introduce and discuss what decentralised learning means.
- Make group rules that everyone agrees with.
- Establish goals that everyone shares.
- Explain how the learning programme works.
- Explain your role in the group (not a teacher, but a facilitator).
- Decide how, when and where future group meetings will happen.
- Decide if you will write the exam at the end of the course (you can change your mind).
- Choose a treasurer (who will monitor the budget and finances).
Before every group meeting
- All group members must read the relevant chapter.
- Create the lesson plan (see Chapter 4: How to run a Bettercare group).
- Make sure you have all the resources you need for the meeting.
- Organise someone to demonstrate the skill if needed.
- Send out a reminder SMS to all group members of session venue and time.
At group meetings
- Discuss difficult sections of the chapter you have all studied the previous week.
- Go through the chapter case studies.
- Have a demonstration and discussion of the relevant skill.
- Everyone does the post-quiz for the chapter you have studied and discussed.
- Everyone marks and records the pre- and post-quizzes.
- Everyone completes the pre-quiz for the next chapter.
After completing the chapters
- Decide who will write the exam (including yourself).
- Email email@example.com to request as many exams as you need.
- If you will be writing the exam, organise an exam invigilator.
- Write the one-hour, 75-question exam.
- Notify Bettercare of the participants’ results.
- Receive certificates.
- If 80% of your group are successful in the exam, you will receive a facilitator’s certificate.
- Arrange a certificate handover ceremony if possible.
- Take a group photo and send to firstname.lastname@example.org.