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Laurier contest to showcase learning outside the classroom

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Feb 26/13

Thousands of Laurier students take part in Community Service-Learning (CSL) courses each year, and many more make a difference through volunteering on campus and in the community. Now students have an opportunity to share their experiences of learning outside the classroom with a new contest.

The Experience It! Video, Photo & Storytelling Contest (wlu.ca/experience-it) lets students show how volunteering, work experience, and extracurricular activities can help with academic studies, career, and personal development. In return for letting their creative juices flow, participants have a chance to win one of three iPad minis and have their artistic work showcased at Laurier and beyond.

“This contest is an opportunity to celebrate the strong culture of engaged learning at Laurier,” said Megan Conway, director of Laurier’s Centre for Community Service-Learning. "Learning by experience in community-settings offers students the chance to get real-world experience, understand theory more deeply, build professional skills while contributing to a resumé, and make important connections and networks that will be significant after university."

The contest is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at all Laurier campuses and locations.

The deadline for entries is April 14. Submissions can be made online at wlu.ca/experience-it or in person. Winners in each category (video, photography, short story) will be selected by April 19 and will be recognized at an awards reception. For more information, contact Michael Bernhard at mbernhard@wlu.ca.

The Centre for Community Service-Learning (CSL) and Career Services are jointly organizing the contest. CSL integrates meaningful community service with classroom instruction and critical reflection to enrich the learning experience and strengthen communities for the common good.

Close to 2,000 students are currently enrolled in service-learning courses supported through the Laurier Centre for Community Service-Learning. Twenty-three academic departments have been involved in community engaged teaching and learning through CSL courses. See what Laurier staff, faculty and students have to say about the university’s CSL program: http://youtu.be/PGq-Bhn7yDs

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