Types of CSL
There are different ways that CSL can be implemented into the university experience:
Placement-based CSL- With this type of CSL, students in CSL courses 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 partnered 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 CSL courses that students are taking. Each CSL 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 service (e.g. reading week, ongoing weekends, days of service) with structured learning activities, such as reflections. These can be local, national or international programs. At Laurier, co-curricular CSL opportunities can be explored through the Student Leadership Centre http://waterloo.mylaurier.ca/leadership/info/home.htm