Attention: Faculty, academic staff, and instructors, new or experienced with community engaged learning

The following sessions will be offered in fall 2020 as a series of Special Topics for Faculty Practitioners to discuss academic community engaged learning at MSU. Community engaged learning (CEL) combines academic coursework with the application of institutional resources to address community needs and challenges. Implementation strategies range from direct service to advocacy to research to philanthropy, and more. Sessions focus on course design examples, community partnerships, developing syllabi, managing logistics, and orienting students to enter a community with knowledge of identity, equity, and privilege. They also highlight diverse reflection strategies. Through presentation and discussion, attendees will learn how to get started or enhance what they are already doing and connect to a network of peers and resource supports. All sessions will include recommendations for virtual formatting for community engaged learning courses.

The Virtual Experience: Expanding the Possibilities for Community-Engaged Learning 

Friday, November 13

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Zoom


This session will highlight formatting options for community engaged learning in the virtual setting. Join your colleagues for a discussion of opportunities and challenges, implications for community partnerships, and examples of successful practice. 


Creating or Refining Your Community-Engaged Learning Syllabus

Wednesday, December 2

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Zoom


This session will discuss elements of designing a syllabus to outline the community-engaged learning experience and requirements, highlight community partnership, and build in reflection opportunities. We will draw from sample syllabi, templates, and peer testimonials to assist instructors in shaping plans for future courses.