Community-Engaged Learning

Community-Engaged Learning enhances course learning outcomes and student engagement while also addressing community-identified needs. Community-Engaged Learning incorporates critical reflective thinking and civic engagement into academic coursework by means of integrating service opportunities with nonprofits, governmental, and/or educational community partners. Community-engaged learning involves students in activities that attend to local needs while developing their academic skills, increasing their subject matter knowledge, and commitment to their communities. Community-engaged learning commonly intersects with other HIPs.

Examples of Community-Engaged Learning include:

  • Faculty working with a non-profit community partner to inform course content and to identify potential research and inquiry path
  • Students engage civically through advocacy
  • Students practice critical reflection through such activities as journal writing, group discussion, or presentations.

For resources to implement community-engaged learning, contact the Engaged Learning Director, Lucy Smith, or visit the Community-Engaged Learning page.