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Our team facilitates projects and programs between university and community organizations. We are invested in working with faculty members to integrate community engagement into their research and teaching. We support faculty to provide deeper learning experiences for students, where all parties take part in both the teaching and the learning.
"Students developed a deeper understanding of applying their knowledge and skills in the arts, while also building confidence in their abilities and a sense of accomplishment in making an important contribution.”
UBC faculty member
There are many considerations and elements that are essential to developing and delivering a successful community engaged learning experience through a course. At the Centre for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL), our role is to provide expertise and resources to support faculty in 5 critical areas.
In this Toolkit, you will find clarity on the role the Centre plays in supporting your work, examples from current collaborations as well as links to practical tools and resources. Click into the headings below to find the applicable resources
Curriculum Design & Integration
We can support the creation of a new course, the modification of a pre-existing course to include community engaged learning or the re-development of whole elements of an established community engaged learning course. For a brand new course, it’s ideal to contact us roughly a year in advance of the course start date to ensure there is ample time to engage with the collaborative course and partnership development processes described below; however, we can accommodate shorter time frames.
In this section, explore our resources on supporting you select the best model for you and your students, reflection approaches, questions and tools. We also have templates and guides to support the integration of the necessary elements to support course delivery and student learning.
Partnership Identification & Development
Partnership development is about bringing to life the principle of reciprocity between faculty and community and is the critical starting point for community engaged learning. It begins with meaningful attempts to understand and work with shared priorities and goals and continues with clear and honest communication.
In this section, you will find tools to support initial conversations, question guides to create mutual understanding, and templates to define your partnership.
Project scoping between a faculty member and a community partner is the negotiated process of finding the balance between what will be the best learning opportunity for students and what will be most valuable to the community partners. Clear communication, role definition and managing expectations are critical themes associated with this process.
If you are new to project scoping, we recommend you get in touch with us to get an idea of what might be possible in your course before reaching out to your partners. We can make recommendations based on several critical factors like: student year level and space in curriculum to support projects as well as help create links to learning outcomes.
In this section, we share tools and templates that help clarify and communicate a project to all stakeholders.
At CCEL, our role is to support faculty prepare students to engage with community as well as appreciate that this learning is different from what one could learn through a lecture. As such, different activities are needed in order to support the best collaboration, a functioning process and to deepen learning. We have a range of activities and supports to prepare students to engage with and make meaning from their community experiences.
In this section, you will find links to sign up for orientations and workshops. You will also find guides to share with students that support them in preparing to engage in community projects and activities.
Assessment & Evaluation
Assessing and evaluating this work is important. Whether it involves giving feedback to students on their work, assessing their understanding or evaluating the process from student and partner perspectives, it is important to use evidence-based practice to inform decision-making.
Here you will find a range of tools and resources to assess and evaluate the incorporation of community engaged learning into your course from student, community partner and faculty perspectives.
External Resources & Links
There are so many great tools and resources out there from other institutions. We’ve developed a page with links to some of our favourite resources on the above themes. If you know of other great tools that you think we should draw attention to, please share these with us through our main email address, and we will look into adding links to these resources to the page.
Link Coming Soon!
The Centre provides small grants of $300 to $400 to faculty in recognition of their demonstrated commitment to community engaged pedagogy.
Advancing Community Engaged Learning Fund
The Centre’s Advancing Community Engaged Learning Fund awards grants of up to $10,000 to faculty, academic administrators or staff. The grants are intended for the development, innovation, evaluation, and improvement of approaches, resources and systems that enable community engaged learning to grow and sustain as a practise at UBC.
CCEL hosts a number of workshops for faculty and TAs interested in community engaged learning pedagogy and practice: Lunch & Learn sessions, CTLT Institute sessions, TA Training sessions, and specific workshops requested by Faculties or Academic Departments.
Lunch & Learn Sessions
Lunch & Learn sessions are hosted 2-3 times/year and bring faculty together over a topic of interest. The goal of these sessions is to foster a community of practice, to share experiences, and collaborate on shared challenges. Past Lunch and Learn sessions focused on: Preparing Students, Assessing Student Learning, and Project Development. Upcoming session topics are posted here and will also be included in CCEL’s monthly newsletter.
CTLT Institute Sessions
CCEL staff facilitate workshops at the Winter, Spring, and Summer CTLT Institutes for faculty seeking to develop and/or increase their skills and knowledge of community engaged learning. These sessions introduce and explore concepts and provide opportunities for the immediate application of learning. Information on upcoming CEL topics can be found on the CTLT Institute website and will also be included in CCEL’s monthly newsletter.
CTLT's TA Institute
Centre staff facilitate CEL-related workshops at CTLT’s Teaching Assistant (TA) Institute in January. Check the TA Institute website for the latest details.
Faculty or Department Specific Workshops
The Faculty or Department specific workshops are designed to support the development of a shared understanding between a group of faculty working in the same field. These workshops can be tailored to specific professional development goals. Introductory sessions typically cover the following:
- Introduction to the Centre and the resources available to support CEL
- Introduction to CEL – theory and practice
- Preparing students to do CEL
- The role of critical reflection in CEL with example reflection activities
If you are interested in having CCEL facilitate a workshop for your Faculty or Department, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
TA Training Sessions
Centre staff facilitate community engaged learning trainings specifically designed for Teaching Assistants (TAs). If you have a TA assigned to your course, and would like them to oversee CEL project development and community partner identification, student/partner communications, and evaluation of CEL, we can assist. Our training curriculum focuses on introducing types of CEL and curricular integration, the role of reflection, designing and assessing CEL assignments and projects, and partnership and project development. If you are interested in having your TA join one of CCEL’s TA Training sessions, contact email@example.com.
Centre staff facilitate orientation sessions for CEL courses, as well as a suite of workshops for students which are designed to promote ethical community engagement, community impact, and equip students with skills to create and deliver community-based projects and initiatives.
Workshops include: Asset Based Community Development, Ethics of Changemaking, Vancouver Exploration, Roots of Change, Storytelling for Change, and more. Learn more about our full workshop suite and request a workshop today.
Community Engaged Learning Officers consult with faculty to design, deliver, and evaluate their community engaged learning (CEL) courses. Whether you are new to CEL and designing a CEL course for the first time or an experienced CEL practitioner with questions about revising one of your CEL courses, our team is here to help you. Please reach out to us if you would like to have a conversation about CEL, your course, or any of our Centre’s tools, workshops, or funding opportunities.
The Centre’s expertise in community engaged learning and community collaboration are available as a resource for faculty looking to expand the scope of their teaching, research and partnerships with the community.