What is Community Based Learning?
"Community Based Learning (CBL) combines civic engagement with academic instruction, critical thinking, and reflection in a reciprocal relationship that benefits students, community partners, and faculty (definition adapted from the Faculty Service-Learning Handbook, College of Southern Maryland)".
Benefits of CBL Courses
Hands-on, experiential learning opportunity
Weekly engagement with a community agency
Reflection on CBL experience through course discussions and assignments, which serves to enhance the understanding of course content
Understanding and appreciation for people and experiences that are different from their own
Quick Facts about CBL
CBL office secures all placement sites and uses a preference sheet to assess student interest
CBL students are assigned a Community Mentor to help guide the overall CBL experience
CBL students consistently attend each week
Transportation, in most cases, is provided
Fall 2018: FYPs with CBL Components
***These courses include an experiential learning component known as Community Based Learning (CBL). The CBL component will require students to participate in a community placement, outside of class time, on a weekly basis throughout the semester; on average students can expect to spend up to/at least two hours per week in the community. Students are encouraged to think about the experiential aspect of the community placement, how that placement serves as part of the course materials, and how it will be incorporated into the class during the semester as the experience unfolds.
Ecosystem, Eggplant, and Entrepreneurship
Impactful Leadership: Theory and Practice
Peace Begins with Me
Rural Dreams: Surveying the Plight and Promise of America’s Small Towns
Your Place in the World: What it Means to be “Local”
For course descriptions, please visit the FYP page