Community learning is an established pedagogy. Departments and faculty are more engaged available with community organizations and addressing social causes. The challenge remains to fine tune community learning to academic study, refine reflection, inculcate ethics, practice risk management, impact community, collect research, and recognize service in the RTP process.
Keys to Optimum Community Learning:
- Clear understanding of community learning and its relation to course goals
- Communication and collaboration with community partners
- Orientation and best practices in risk management for students
- Processes for student reflection, dialogue, dissemination of learning
Best practices Overview:
Visit the partner website, visit the organization, speak with the community agent, define the desired community learning relative to community/organization needs, invite the community agent to present information, orientation or training to students in class, consider reflection activities, require the Student Service-Learning Plan as integral to the pedagogy and to risk management, request evaluation and/or join your partner(s) in assessing the community learning experience.