Rationale – Criteria – Logistics

Reasons to integrate community learning in your course

  • Make a difference for the university and surrounding community by helping to address pressing community problems.

  • Enhance your teaching effectiveness by providing students with a "real world" context for theory and discipline-specific knowledge.

  • Engage students through powerful curricula, interactive classroom discussions and personalized student learning.

  • Raise students' awareness of current social and community issues as they relate to academic areas of interest.

  • Develop students' critical thinking, writing, interpersonal communication and citizenship skills.

  • Advance your research & scholarship efforts. 

Criteria for a designated community learning course

  • Introduce students to the principles of community learning.

  • Require a minimum 10 hours per semester of academically relevant engagement.

  • Integrate learning derived from engagement with subject matter outcomes through relevant activities such as guided discussions, journal writing, assignments, or presentations.

  • Evaluate students' integration of course learning from engagement (not merely hours).

Community partnerships and SJS4

  • Contact CCLL for advice, facilitation, support, and approved community partner organizations.

  • Report your SL/CE course to your department who reports to UGS-CCLL and IEA-APDB.

  • Visit or web-search community partner organizations or recommend organizations to CCLL.

  • Set up your course SL/CE parameters in the (new) SJS4 “Spartans for Service” database.

  • Arrange with partners community-based learning activities, projects, research.

  • Orient, prepare, monitor, and then extrapolate students’ community experience.

  • Have students input information required in the (new) SJS4 “Spartans for Service” database.