We collaborate with students, staff, faculty and community partners to work through complex community-based issues, both locally and internationally.
Our programs place students in community settings (non-profits and inner city schools) either as a required part of an academic course, or through voluntary co-curricular placements like Trek, Reading Week and International Service Learning for a hands-on, immersive experience.
We also provide resources and support to instructors, departments, and faculties, to enhance teaching and learning processes. We connect University resources to the community in ways that support lasting relationships.
Community-based experiential learning (CBEL) is an overarching term that encompasses a number of community-based pedagogical practices and a guiding principle that allows us to provide students with opportunities to apply their academic knowledge to real-world issues. The most effective CBEL opportunities provide collaborative learning experiences where all parties take part in the teaching and learning process.
All work and programs at the Centre for Community Engaged Learning are aimed at fostering principles of CBEL.