CCEL + Faculty
Connecting UBC faculty and students with community organizations to work on issues that impact society.
Community & Faculty Members
have collaborated with the Centre
were supported by the Centre
connected with community-based experiences
* Totals from 2015-2017 academic year
Our team works to facilitate 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 aim to support faculty in providing 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!
Connect with us to learn more about the work we can do together
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.