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Community-based learning (CBL) is an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and skills to real-world experiences while serving their communities. Students earn CBL credits in designated courses. This means that students can earn CBL credit as part of the overall college learning experience.
Professors and community partners work together to develop projects that allow students to enhance their classroom knowledge, develop leadership skills, network with community leaders, and meet identified community needs.
CBL credits can be applied toward the Community Engagement Certificate, in addition to regular earned course credits. The CE certificate is a 13-credit/five-course certificate that promotes student understanding of community needs, facilitates networking opportunities, and looks great on a resume whether applying for future employment or graduate school.
CBL projects can become part of a final professional portfolio.
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:
Opportunities for students to becoming involved with Civic Engagement:
Community-Based Learning, or Academic-Service Learning, is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.
Support is available through Continuing Education and Community Engagement to:
If you are interested in learning more about Community-Based Learning or integrating it into your courses, fill out the Faculty Interest Form and return it to the Community Engagement office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Engagement Office can assist you by:
Local community information
Reflection is a key component of community-based learning that guides students to examine critical issues related to their civic engagement. Reflection asks the following questions:
Community-based learning projects match faculty and students to the needs of the nonprofit, government, and business community.
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Sample projects include research, marketing plans, strategic plans, graphic design, web page design, database design, security audits, GIS mapping, communication plans, personnel training, conflict resolution, applied health sciences, and more.
Organizations interested in working with a Community-Based Learning project should contact. Amy Garrigan email@example.com or (262) 595-2312 at the Community Engagement office.
Learning By Doing
Penny Lyter and her students in HESM 321, Women's Health Issues, bring
donated exercise equipment to the women at Bethany Apartments and the Women's
Resource Center in Racine.
The students, Simi Bharwani, Myah Pazdera, Anni Prideaux and Rebecca DeMatthew, spent their semester designing and delivering workshops on Women's Health as well as exercise classes to the clients of the two organizations. In addition, they organized a drive for donations of gently used exercise equipment for the women to be able to continue to exercise. The UW-Parkside Women's Center also made a generous donation to purchase new equipment to supplement the donations.
CBL 101 students take class out into Petrifying Springs to
learn more about Eco-Justice
CBL 101 (Introduction
to Community Based Learning) students went into Pets Springs a few weeks ago
for class. They were there not only to enjoy the fall colors, but to do an
activity that illustrates the tangible effects of climate change. Students
listened to a presentation by naturalist Valerie Mann about the effect of
warmer temperatures on the area's maple tree population.Students went out into the forest and divided
trees into three categories based on whether or not they were flourishing in
their current environment. CBL 101 students were able to see that some maple
tree were not flourishing in a warmer environment, and would eventually begin
moving north where the weather is cooler. This migration would have a great
effect on maple tapping and syrup production in the area.
The students really
enjoyed the opportunity to work outside of the classroom, and were impressed to
see actual, physical consequences of climate change around them.
Community-based learning projects match faculty and students to the needs of the nonprofit, government and business community. Representatives of interested organizations can contact staff at the Continuing Education and Community Engagement to begin the matching process for future Community-Based Learning projects.
At UW-Parkside each year approximately
Organizations interested in working with a Community-Based Learning project, fill out the Request for Assistance form and return to Amy Garrigan(262) 595-2312 at the Continuing Education and Community Engagement.
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation in its services, program activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodations, contact the Continuing Education and Community Engagement at least eight weeks in advance at: 262-595-3340 (V), 262-595-2513 (FAX), or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big Things can come from Small CBL Projects
Students at UW-Parkside have the opportunity to take classes that offer a wide variety of Community Based Learning (CBL) projects, in many disciplines including Business, History, Applied Health Science, Communications and Sociology. One of the most popular CBL classes is Health Exercise and Sport Management (HESM) 280. It is a lower level class in which students volunteer for about 3 hours at a nonprofit organization in Racine or Kenosha County that addresses related to food security and nutrition. The project provides students a chance to see how many people in these areas do not have access or funds to affordable fresh food and how the community comes together to solve this problem.
One student, however, saw an opportunity for something a little more intensive. Andy Berg, at the time a Business student, thought it was wonderful that his fellow students were signing up so enthusiastically to help out the community. As a veteran and father of three, he knew he could do more for the community and wanted to be a strong, positive role model for his children. So Andy and his wife Mercy concocted a plan to create their own urban garden in Kenosha. He contacted local politicians in order to receive written support for the garden. In addition, Andy contacted WE Energies to receive permission to use property adjacent to his house as a garden site. Once he received this approval, he solicited garden tools, seeds and monetary donations from local businesses. Andy incorporated all he learned creating the garden into his class work in HESM 280 and vice versa.
In the three years since the garden was christened the Garden of Eatin', Andy, Mercy, their children and a small group of volunteers have expanded to a second garden. They continue to grow fresh fruits and produce, donating all of the proceeds to local food banks, pantries and homeless shelters-over 3,500 pounds of food to date! The garden's achievements have been highlighted in local media, and has attracted much support from the community.
Andrew graduated from UW-Parkside in Spring 2016, but he is still very active on campus as an alumni and a newly elected Kenosha County Supervisor. If you are interested in volunteering with the Garden of Eatin' or in starting your own local garden, contact Amanda DesLauriers at email@example.com.
Dr. Lisa Kornetsky, Associate Professor in the Theater Department at UW-Parkside, believes that it is important to demonstrate to her students the many different ways the theatrical arts engage with the community. We engage with theater in many ways beyond attending a play in a traditional performance space. So, Dr. Kornetsky has begun to incorporate a community-based learning course into her Sophomore Seminar. In doing so, her students develop a deeper understanding of how theater shapes community, in addition to exposing them to potential career avenues once they graduate from UW-Parkside.
This fall semester, Dr. Kornetsky partnered with Rita Lewis, principal of Racine Montessori School, in a project that would introduce different aspects of the theater and the arts to students. Seventeen students in the Theater Sophomore Seminar participated in the CBL project, visiting Racine Montessori classrooms once a week. The Parkside students broke up into groups based on their expertise: performance, stage design or costumes. Each group was then paired off with a group of elementary students to participate in a different activity.
The group working on stage design created templates of scenery to be used for the school's spring production of Alice in Wonderland. The costume group played a game of "Guess who". With help from the Parkside students, Racine Montessori students would take turns (picking from a pile of costume pieces and props) dressing up as a famous character or person and the rest of the group would take turns guessing who they were. Finally, the performance group would do a different series of acting exercises, such as a mimicking game.
Both the Racine Montessori and the UW-Parkside students enjoyed their experiences with the CBL project. Parkside students appreciated the opportunity to get outside the classroom, and use the skills and talents they had acquired in a new setting. The Racine Montessori students (and teachers) appreciated the excitement these activities brought to their day. It also provided an opportunity for these young students to begin to think about college, perhaps attending UW-Parkside one day.
This five course certificate centers on courses on campus that have real world applications that complement your learning objectives. If you want to graduate with experience related to your field while contributing to the community, this certificate is for you.
How can I get this certificate?
Sign up to receive the Certificate on a Declaration form and contact Community Engagement for advising (262) 595-3340 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Certification requires that you: