Community Based Learning
How do I get started with community-based learning in my class?
The first step is to contact the Director of Community-based Learning for initial assistance, a sample syllabi, checklist, forms, deadlines, and an explanation of other resources. The CBL staff will assist you through the entire planning and implementation process.
The CBL staff will help you to:
- Identify community issues or service activities that relate to your class.
- Set learning objectives for the service experience.
- Find, screen, and orient agencies relevant to your class whose needs match class learning objectives.
- Contact screened agencies to clarify service expectations (including risk management) and course goals.
- Adapt syllabus, class assignments, lecture examples, and class discussion to explore links between course theory and service experience. See "reflection".
- Discuss with students the CBL expectations, agency orientation dates, deadlines for starting service, and evaluation guidelines. Use written agreements, time logs, etc.
- Maintain regular contact with your community partners.
- Assess student learning and agency participation.
- Review the Service-Learning Faculty Handbook