With thoughtful course development, your students will learn about social issues and the value of community involvement while practicing skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, working with others, and planning and implementation.
Community-based learning, or service learning, is an experiential pedagogy that combines direct service with course learning goals to meet a community-defined need. The Center for Civic Engagement provides a range of faculty resources to support the integration of community-based learning components into existing courses, including grants, training and teaching tools.
The center offers curriculum development grants to support the integration of community-based learning components into existing courses. Grant recipients receive a $1,500 stipend for curriculum development work, and they work with center staff members to identify community partners and projects. They also share their syllabi with the center. If you are interested in applying for a grant, submit a letter of application to Stacey Riemer.
The initial application deadline for 2013-14 courses is Jan. 25, 2013. If funds are not exhausted at that time, additional applications will be taken on a rolling basis.
While funding is intended to support the development of new community-based learning components in existing courses, the committee will consider support for courses that previously have included community-based learning components, if the proposal describes the ways you intend to adapt the assignments and projects.
The Center for Civic Engagement has a wealth of course development resources provided by staff with expertise in community-based teaching. Resources include: