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May 26, 2016

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FAQs



Who do I contact if I am interested in learning more about CSL?

The Manager of the CSL program, Gail Roth will be your initial contact person. She will find out more about how you are thinking about integrating CSL into your course, or current community partnerships you may have already established. Following this, Gail may connect you with staff within the Centre for Teaching Innovation and Excellence who can discuss course design, integration, the use of reflection and how the CSL learning can be graded. A meeting can then be arranged with one of the CSL coordinators. The coordinators can talk with you about potential community partners for your course and can start contacting those partners and setting-up meetings with them. Please click here to see the contact information for CSL staff.

What resources are available to me?

CSL staff are available to answer your questions and concerns. We can provide you with the CSL Faculty Handbookand direct you to helpful print and on-line resources. To view our faculty handbook, please clickhere.

You may also have access to CSL GTAs who can assist in such things as reflection exercises. We also host CSL Faculty events. The events, such as a Community of Practice (CoP) provide us the opportunity to share information with faculty and also gives faculty a chance to discuss experiences with each other.

How do I grade the CSL component of my course?

How students are graded in a CSL course is up to the discretion of the course instructor. In general, students enrolled in a CSL course are expected to provide approximately 20 hours of community service over a 10 week period to a community organization as a requirement of their course credit.

Students will complete their attendance online using the CSL portal, with verification done online by the community partner. As a course instructor you will have access at any point in the term to look at attendance and run reports through the CSL portal.

Project-based courses will have students working on specific projects for organizations. Students are typically expected to submit a product for the organization and may also do a presentation for classmates and community partners.

Reflection activities are an essential component of CSL in that they enhance the meaning and significance of the placement/project experience for the student. They also enable the instructor and/or facilitator to ensure that links are being made between the course content and the experiential learning that the student is involved in with the community partner. By assigning grades to the student's participation in the reflection activities, experience has shown that students are more likely to be prepared and engaged in the process and thus derive more benefit.

We have produced a Reflection Manual for faculty who are looking for some ideas for reflection activities for their course. In addition you can also refer to our Reflection Ped & Tech Notes, by clicking here.

CSL staff are available to provide assistance to course instructors in designing reflection activities and assignments.

Graduate student TAs may be available to facilitate reflection/tutorial sessions.

Related Information Title Type
2012 CSL and Undergraduate Degree Level Expectations (UDLE) Document
2012 Community-Engaged Scholarship Document
2012 Faculty Handbook Document
2012 Reflection & Experiential Education Document
2012 Reflection Manual Document
2012 Service-Learning Course Design Workbook Document