Community Based Learning
Why should I try Community-based Learning in my classes?
- More lively class discussions and increased student participation
- Greater participant retention of course material
- Increased student- and self-awareness of community and "real world" issues
- More innovative approaches to classroom instruction
- Enhanced opportunities for research and publication
What resources are available?
The Office of Community Based Learning provides the following support for SOU faculty:
- Logistical support (contacting and orienting agencies, providing forms, monitoring, record keeping, evaluation, etc.)
- Sample syllabi, discipline-specific resource materials and reflection ideas
- Workshops and roundtables with other faculty
- One-on-one planning consultation
- Supportive network (other faculty on campus participating in Community-based Learning)
- An initial planning grant for CBL designation
- Reccomendations and Policies:
- Managing risk, SOU policy, and safety guidelines to discuss with students
- Adjusting requirements for students taking multiple CBL classes in one semester
- Offering pre-planned projects vs. student-initiated projects
. . . And more! If you need something, just ask! We're here to help.