Learning Circles Support Workplace Learning and Implementation of Practice Priorities

From Cooperative Learning Strategies to Quality Continuing Care Workplaces



Continuing care staff too often feel time spent on traditional staff training is not useful. In-service training does not always translate well into actual practice and information is often not available when it’s needed in urgent situations. As a result staff motivation and managerial support for training is low.

This project established and evaluated Learning Circles to support workplace learning and implementation of clinical practice changes with regulated and unregulated direct care providers in continuing care facilities.


Lead: Sharla King, Director, Health Sciences Education and Research Commons, University of Alberta, in collaboration with AgeCare Sagewood, Bethany Care CollegeSide, Capital Care Kipnes, Excel Society Balwin Villa and Grand Manor, Lifestyle Options Whitemud , St Michael’s Health Group Vegreville Manor and the Wing Kei Care Centre.


Learning Circles bring practitioners together in structured, collaborative, workplace learning groups that identify and address practice priorities.

This project explored Learning Circles as a collaborative learning model to enhance resident care. It involved enhancing the pilot in existing sites, expanding to new sites and developing an online toolkit to support implementation, evaluation and sustainability.


The continuing care sites implementing Learning Circles report greater collaboration and engaged teams able to work together on issues specific to their site.

The Learning Circles toolkit is housed on the Institute for Continuing Care Education and Research (ICCER) site and can be accessed here