Profiles in Community-Engaged Learning
During the 2014–2015 academic year there was a Faculty Learning Community focused on the topic of Community-Engaged Learning. One of the outcomes of that faculty group is the new published PDF booklet titled: Profiles In Community-Engaged Learning.
As they write in the introductory section of the book:
Our intent with this report is to offer USF administrators and incoming faculty members a sense of what’s being done well in community-engaged learning (CEL), while also pointing out what challenges remain as we establish our identity as a university that prioritizes community engagement. (Incidentally, we prefer the term “community-engaged learning” to “service-learning,” which we feel more precisely defines the scope of our activities.)
For those of you unfamiliar with the term “community-engaged learning”, our FLC group provides this description:
Community-engaged learning as defined by Eyler and Giles is “a form of experiential education where learning occurs through a cycle of action and reflection as students … seek to achieve real objectives for the community and deeper understanding and skills for themselves. In the process, students link personal and social development with academic and cognitive development … experience enhances understanding; understanding leads to more effective action.” (qtd. in Bandy, Vanderbilt Center for Teaching, “What Is Service Learning or Community Engagement?”).
The PDF book is structured in a very practical and informative manner. Specifically they write:
We invited at least two faculty members from each school/college to answer several questions about the application of CEL in their courses. After providing a brief overview of activities in each course, we asked each professor what works well and what challenges persist.
Please use the button below to download the digital version of the inaugural edition of Profiles in Community-Engaged Learning, which highlights CEL faculty members’ work and achievements.