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October 24, 2014

Canadian Excellence


Use of Community Service-Learning placements in a course can:

  • Give students a means of relating your course content to individuals, situations, and settings.
  • Increase student engagement in the classroom and with course content.
  • Increase student retention of the course material.
  • Provide unique opportunities for assignments to relate content to observed experience.
  • Give students the opportunity to learn what it means to give service and connect to a larger community.
  • Facilitate greater awareness of the relevance and importance of their academic work to their life experience and career choice.
  • Provide opportunities for a new role in teaching: that of mentor, guide or facilitator of learning.
  • Allow for collaboration and partnering with community organizations and potentially add new dimensions to research.
  • Provide the opportunity to connect teaching and research with the Values, Vision, Mission, Guiding Principles and Academic Plan of the Institution.
Click here for a faculty member's perspective on the experience of teaching a CSL course here at Laurier.

    Related Information Title Type
    2012 CSL and Undergraduate Degree Level Expectations (UDLE) Document
    2012 Community-Engaged Scholarship Document
    2012 Faculty Handbook Document