Course and Curriculum Design
When faculty, students and community partners use their collective expertise to tackle real-world challenges, learning and problem solving can reach entirely new levels. That’s why one of the top objectives of Engaged Cornell is to create opportunities and generate demand for students to participate in community-engaged courses.
Community-engaged coursework, projects, partnerships, goals and outcomes will look dramatically different across different disciplines. What’s most important is that you find a model that works best for your students and your partners.
Just look at how much variety there is in Cornell’s engaged curricula:
- The community food systems minor and the crime, prisons, education and justice minor connect community-engaged courses and learning outcomes so students have a pathway of engagement to follow.
- FDSC 4000: Capstone Project in Food Science allows students to apply their learning in real-life situations with local food entrepreneurs.
- Faculty members in hospitality management have connected with local agencies to examine management best practices for leading nonprofit food service organizations.
- Traveling over winter break, the Cornell Wind Symphony (CU Winds) visited partners in Haiti and the Dominican Republic to find out the transformative power of music for cultural and economic development.
No matter how your course takes shape, you’ll want to have it tagged as community engaged. If you meet the criteria for a community-engaged course, contact the registrar in your college or school to ask about course tagging.
- Start with the Community-Engaged Course/Project Design Checklist.
- Check the list of community-engaged courses at Cornell to see what’s currently offered.
- Watch the six modules (about 20 minutes each) in the Designing and Delivering a Service-Learning Course video series from the UMass Dartmouth Leduc Center.
- Use the Course and Curriculum Planning Handout as you lay the foundation for your course/curricula and partnerships.
- Review Six Models for Service-Learning to see which approach is right for you, your students and your community partners.
- Filter and browse engaged course syllabi in the Campus Compact database.
- See university policies for awarding credit if you’re asking students to complete community-engaged over the summer or winter break.
If you’re an Engaged Cornell grantee, visit the Blackboard site to take a deeper dive into course and curriculum design. (Don’t have access? Let us know!)
You may also be interested in:
- Attending the two-day Faculty Institute on Community Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT)
- Applying to join the yearlong Engaged Faculty Fellowship Program
- Applying for an Engaged Cornell grant