Community Based Learning
Community Partners-- an integral part of Community-based Learning
Because SOU values civic engagement and community involvement for our staff, faculty and students, we are working to expand our Community-based Learning (CBL) opportunities. CBL is a teaching strategy that integrates course content with relevant community service. Community-based Learning uses community service to meet a specific course learning objective. Through assignments and class discussion students critically reflect on the service in order to increase their understanding of course content, gain a broader appreciation of the discipline and enhance their sense of civic responsibility. Adapted from National and Community Service Trust Act
Community-based Learning emphasizes reciprocity between campus and community, between those who receive service and those who learn. The terms “community-based learning” and “service learning” are often used interchangeably.
CBL Benefits our community partners
College students look at their community-based learning experience as a way to interact in the “real world.” This may be their first experience with possible employers. Students want to make connections with agencies and organizations that allow them to interact on a professional level. And this is a great opportunity for your agency to take a trial run with someone that may end up working with you in the future.
Students often have the most current resources available to them through their classes. They are often idealistic and offer a fresh, creative approach to problem solving. This perspective allows students to be more willing to offer up suggestions, thereby encouraging your organization to consider new alternatives.
A Base of Future Community Support
Your Community-based Learning students are your best boosters! This may be their first experience with addressing a community need, and students will be eager to get the word out to everyone they know. A positive experience with your agency can help spread the word about your cause to friends, family, and even other civic and church groups.