Tools for Community-Based Learning

 

GVSU Resources

Pew Faculty Teaching & Learning Center. The Robert and Mary Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center (FTLC) promotes a scholarly approach to teaching and learning, supports reflection on professional practice, encourages growth at all career stages, and rewards innovation in teaching. FTLC supports community engagement through faculty consultants that provide confidential, individualized support in course design and development, preparation of appropriate student reflection and evaluation materials,  and assist in scholarly teaching projects that study the impact of community engagement pedagogy. Additionally, the FTLC grants program coordinator is available to meet one-on-one with faculty preparing an application for a teaching project grant. 

Padnos International Center. The mission of Padnos International Center (PIC) is “to engage the University community in meaningful international experiences which foster an appreciation and awareness of diverse cultures, people, and ideas.” PIC provides community-based learning opportunities and meaningfully connects the GVSU community to diverse cultures, at home and abroad. 

 

Other Resources

Faculty Toolkit for Service Learning in Higher Education. This toolkit, published by the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse, aids faculty in the planning, designing, and implementing of community-based learning programs, including strategies for evaluation and assessment.  

Higher Education Community Engagement Quality Practices (NSLC). A collection of resources gathered by the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse that present best practices for community engagement at the individual and institutional levels. 

Sample Forms and Templates. A collection of sample forms and templates from various sources that can be customized for use in formalizing partnerships and facilitating community-based learning courses or programs. 

Community-Based Teaching and Learning Outcomes. Research findings regarding the impact of community engagement on student learning outcomes in higher education settings.

Community-Based Learning Reflection Resources. A collection of resources designed to promote reflection and critical thinking before, during, and after the community-based learning experience, intended to maximize learning outcomes of both instructors and students. 

National Civic Engagement Organizations. A list of national organizations that provide resources to develop a deeper understanding of community engagement in its various forms. 

 

 

 

 

Page last modified April 21, 2014