BCIA – VI Branch Reading Club – Rules of Engagement

BCIA – VI Branch Reading Club – Rules of Engagement

The intent of these rules of engagement are to create a positive and organized professional development experience that is structured in a way to maximize the opportunity for participants to develop their professional knowledge, skills and abilities and complete professional development hours (PDH) as per the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists (BCIA) Professional Development Guidelines.  It is important that these rules of engagement are followed to ensure that participants can claim PDH associated with Reading Club.

The purpose of the reading club is to delve into different topics related to the field of agrology, expose members to new issues and topics and illicit the exchange of dialogue and ideas.

The format consists of a reading followed by a one-hour meeting where the reading is discussed and dialog is free to explore the topic at hand and related ideas within the field of agrology.  Currently we will attempt this virtually, using breakout groups if needed to keep numbers manageable and encourage participation by all.  The goal is to move to smaller localized groups with face to face meetings held at local venues such as parks, coffee shops, pubs, restaurants, etc. (can you imagine…).

Below are practices that will ensure a fruitful experience and the ability to record the time spent as PDH:

  • Each reading club meeting will be chaired by a different participant (rotating chair).
  • The chair will select a reading prior to the meeting that they will chair.
  • The chair will ensure the reading falls within the practice of agrology, is from a credible source and is an appropriate length (journal article, book chapter, short report, etc.).
  • The chair will ensure that reading club members receive the reading at least two weeks prior to the meeting.
  • At the beginning of each meeting the chair will provide a brief summary of the article and present 4 or 5 discussion questions (prepared ahead of time).
  • If required, the meeting will break out into smaller groups (e.g. groups of 6 – 10).
  • Each participant will ensure they have read the reading prior to the meeting.
  • Each participant will come to the meeting prepared to engage in and contribute to the discussion on the topic.
  • Discussions should stay within the field of agrology.  If discussions stray it is expected that participants will steer the dialog back to the field of agrology.
  • The intent is to have a relaxed and constructive environment conducive to thought development and sharing of ideas.  This is a safe space to come forward with your thoughts.

Please note that participants will be able to record self-study PDH for reading the materials (up to 15 PDH per year) and Informal Agrology Professional Learning PDH for the meetings.