Community-Engaged Teaching: The Basics
Community-engaged teaching and learning (sometimes called service-learning) differs from volunteerism, community service, internships, and field education through the
- emphasis on students' civic development,
- use of ongoing, structured reflection, and
- emphasis on sustained, reciprocal partnerships between faculty and community partners.
Engagement denotes collaborations between communities and our faculty or students. Engagement can take many forms (such as community-based research, policy work, co-learning arrangements, or dialogue groups) but consistently strives to develop authentic relationships between the people involved and surfaces the social and environmental problems that the collaboration addresses.
Elements of a Community-Engaged Learning Experience
If you are interested in integrating community engagement into your teaching, the Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research offers a number of resources to support faculty.