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What is it?
World Café is a structured conversational activity where learners share knowledge and ideas by discussing a topic at several tables, or “cafés”. After learners have discussed a topic at one table, they nominate a host to remain at that table. All other learners from that table travel to the other tables to continue the discussion there. The host summarises that table’s previous discussion for the newly arrived travellers. This process repeats for as many or few iterations as the educator desires. The activity concludes with learners sharing the key points from the various discussions they accumulated over the course of their travels.
Why do it?
- World Café provides a flexible format for generative group discussions. It is easily adaptable to various group sizes.
- This activity provides learners with autonomy and ownership over their learning. Learners can select which tables they join, and in what order. Depending on the number of tables and iterations, this enables learners to select topics and tables that match their interests, increasing their intrinsic motivation.
- In linking ideas across tables, World Café encourages deep learning.