Community-Based Experiential Learning

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This page will eventually house information on the pedagogical tools called "Community Service Learning" (CSL) and "Community Based Research" (CBR). These are both types of "Community-Based Experiential Learning" (CBEL). The heart of these pedagogies rest in these four principles:

  1. The projects must be volunteer (unpaid) experience for students,
  2. They employ subjects learned in the course and that link back to course content,
  3. Students participate in critical reflection after the project,
  4. And the project is evaluated collaboratively by the professor and community partner.

What makes CSL and CBR uniquely different from internships and coop opportunities is that they merge the learning that students must do as part of their degree with community service, thereby weaving the ethic of service into the fabric of both the university culture and the student experience.

Every professor will run their projects differently. This space is intended to grow into a hub where professors can share their ideas and techniques, and new professors hoping to start CBEL projects can find resources that they need.

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