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September 1, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Community Service Learning



Community Service Learning (CSL) is an educational approach that integrates service in the community with intentional learning activities. Within effective CSL efforts, members of both educational institutions and community organizations work together toward outcomes that are mutually beneficial. 

Vision: Life long commitment to community engagement

Mission:

  • To engage students, community partners, staff and faculty in a collaborative relationship.
  • To link classroom theory, community based service, reflection and research.
  • To increase individual understanding and community capacity.
Goals:

  • increase the service-learning opportunities available to Laurier students
  • research the immediate and long-term impact of service-learning on the student, the university, and the community partner
  • increase our community-university partnerships while fostering interactive and supportive relationships enhance the culture of civic-engagement on Laurierís campuses disseminate the learning

Types of CSL Placements

There are different ways that CSL can be implemented into the University experience

Placement based CSL-  With this type of CSL, students sign up online for an individual placement within an organization that has identified a need.  Many of these placements occur within daycares,schools,and non- profit organizations. All of the students in each class will have different organizations that they are partenered with and they would be required to serve at their placement on an average of 2 hours a week.

Project based CSL- In this type of CSL, organizations will identify a project that needs to be done that integrates the curriculum of the courses that students are taking.  Each course will have a number of projects in the community that need to be done and students will choose one that they feel most passionate about.  Students will be working in groups with other students in their own class to achieve the goal outcome of the project.  With project based CSL, the timeline is more flexible in terms of the outcome being most important.  Students will meet with their community partner at the beginning of the semester and determine the timeline that best works for both parties and still meets the needs of the course.

Co-curricular - students combine an intensive service activity (e.g. reading week, ongoing weekends, day of service) with structured learning activities.  These can be Local, national or international programs.

Inter-disciplinary CSL - In this type of CSL, students from all discipline backgrounds are enrolled within the a course that is focussed on one major community issue.  Community projects are development that utilize the skills and knowledge of all disciplines represented to benefit the growth of a non profit organization in our community. This type of CSL provides students the opportunity to work students from other backgrounds and really allows them to see how the world needs all disciplines to solve any given problem.

 For more information, visit the Community Service Learning Website