Getting Started: What is Community-Engaged Learning?
Community-engaged learning can take many shapes and work at many scales. At its core, it is a practice which involves faculty, students and community partners collaborating on projects that have both a positive social impact and support opportunities to conduct research, teach and learn. Students, faculty, staff and community partners are equal players; everyone contributes their expertise to finding long-term solutions that work with and for community partners.
Find more information at the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, which includes a community engagement classification.
Why community-engaged learning?
Community engaged-learning can:
- tackle critical societal issues and contribute to the public good
- enrich scholarship, research and creative activity
- enhance curriculum, teaching and learning
- prepare students to be informed and engaged citizens and leaders
- strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility
What does it look like? How do I do it?
There are many models for success within the community-engaged learning framework. Find what works best for your question, your course and your discipline.
Students can find community-engaged learning opportunities on experience.cornell.edu.
You’ll find additional resources throughout this section. And you can always contact the Office of Engagement Initiatives for help.