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Community-Based Learning

Community-Based Learning

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 CBL certificate, in addition to regular earned course credits. The CBL certificate is a 12-credit/four-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.

CBL for Students

What is Community-Based Learning (CBL)?

CBL Certificate begins with CBL 101How 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
Exploring Future Careers with Community Based Learning 101
2014 Community-Based Learning 101 Student Showcase
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

 

CBL for Faculty
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:

  • Find a community partner whose needs match the learning objective of your course
  • Arrange for a community partner to come to class or meet with faculty and/or students
  • Conduct training/orientation for students
  • Provide templates of contracts, time sheets, etc.
  • Assist with conflict resolution

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 Continuing Education and Community Engagement at ccpinfo@uwp.edu.

Guidelines for Student Reflection:

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:

  • What?
    • What did I do and observe?
    • What issue am I addressing?
  • So what?
    • What impact is my experience having on me?
    • What did I do that was effective and why?
    • What was not effective and how might I improve on this?
    • What have I learned about myself?
  • Now what?
    • What commitment am I making to my community as a result of this project?
    • What other projects might I seek out that offer civic engagement?

Additional Resources:

National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
Campus Compact
Community Development Service Learning

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 Continuing Education and Community Engagement at least eight weeks in advance at: 262-595-3340 (V), 262-595-2513 (FAX), or e-mail ccpinfo@uwp.edu.

CBL for Community

Community-Based Learning Projects

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

  • 140 class projects are matched to community organizations
  • 1000 students in 25 different majors participate
  • Projects include research, marketing plans, strategic plans, graphic design, web page design, database design, security audits, GIS mapping, communication plans, personnel training, conflict resolution, and more.


Organizations interested in working with a Community-Based Learning project, fill out the Request for Assistance form and return to Debra Karp (262) 595-3340 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 ccpinfo@uwp.edu.

Learning By Doing

Dr. 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.

HESM with sport equipment        WRC around tree with PLyter and students

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 Petrifying Springs                       Petrifying Springs for CBL 101

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.

 

CBL Projects

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

  • 140 class projects are matched to community organizations
  • 1000 students in 25 different majors participate
  • Projects include research, marketing plans, strategic plans, graphic design, web page design, database design, security audits, GIS mapping, communication plans, personnel training, conflict resolution, and more.

Organizations interested in working with a Community-Based Learning project, fill out the Request for Assistance form and return to Debra Karp (262) 595-3340 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 ccpinfo@uwp.edu.

Learning By Doing

Dr. 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.

HESM with sport equipment        WRC around tree with PLyter and students

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 Petrifying Springs                       Petrifying Springs for CBL 101

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.

CBL Certificate
certificate-signThis four 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.

Goals:

  • Deepen your understanding of course concepts
  • Connect course concepts to your experiences for deeper learning
  • Achieve an understanding of community needs
  • Contribute a valuable service to your community
  • Add to your resume or portfolio
  • Cultivate your own interests while working with community partners
  • Make valuable connections for future employment


How can I get this certificate?

It's Simple!

Sign up to receive the Certificate on a Declaration form and contact Continuing Education and Community Engagement for advising (262) 595-3340 or ccpinfo@uwp.edu. Certification requires that you:

  • Take CBL 101: Introduction to Community-Based Learning (3 credits)
  • Take a capstone course that incorporates Community-Based Learning (3 credits)
  • Take additional two courses that have a designated number of CBL credits associated with them. You need ten CBL credits to receive the certificate.


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 ccpinfo@uwp.edu.

Contact Information

900 Wood Road · P.O. Box 2000 · Kenosha, WI 53141-2000 P 262-595-2345

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