Community-Based Learning Resources for Students:
What is Community-Based Learning (CBL)?
How many times have you spent hours on a paper or project, only for it to be seen and graded by the instructor, and then filed away or thrown out?
With community-based learning, you do real projects that make a difference in the community. For example: instead of creating a brochure for an invented company, you produce a brochure for a local nonprofit organization that is used long after your grade is recorded. During this process, you:
- Learn how to work with a client
- Learn more about the community in which you live
- Contribute a valuable service to the community
- Add to your resume or portfolio
- Make contacts that will be valuable to your career
Benefits of Community-Based Learning for Students:
- Provides an opportunity to apply classroom learning to real life settings
- Enhances your understanding of subject matter
- Reinforces lectures and readings
- Connects students to each other
- Helps with problem solving
- Promotes personal growth
- Enhances your self esteem
- Breaks down ethnocentrism
- Develops leadership skills
- Broadens your world view
- Promotes further community involvement
- Enhances career development
- Helps solidify ideas of future career plans
- Builds resumes
- Develops networks
- Connects students with future job opportunities
Did you know that UW-Parkside offers its students community-based courses every semester?
There are approximately thirty courses every fall and spring semester that have CBL credit. There are courses available from many different disciplines; from Communication and Sociology to Biology, Art, and Business. Courses are often added to this list after the term begins. Contact the Center for Community Partnership (262)595-3340 for an updated list. You can earn:
- Credits toward the Community-Based Learning Certificate
- Job networking and contacts
- Increased motivation to learn
- Greater understanding of classroom concepts
- Deepened sense of belonging to a community
- And much, much more!
Opportunities for students to becoming involved with Civic Engagement:
- Community-Based Learning Courses -Take a course that is designated as providing CBL credit
- Community Based Learning Certificate - Take multiple courses designated as providing CBL credit that can count towards a Certificate in Community-Based Learning
- Civic Honors Designation - Integrate coursework and college experience with a civic issue which you are passionate about.
Community-Based Learning Course Archive
Visit and archive of University of Wisconsin-Parkside courses from Spring 2008 and Spring 2013 semesters, which included community-based learning experiences.