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Community Engaged Learning Tool Kit: Course Development

This research guide highlights resources for those interested in the pedagogy of community engaged learning. Included are sample syllabi, reflection resources, possible outlets for publishing on the topic and more!

Developing a CEL component

There are many ways to integrate community engagement into a course, depending on the learning goals, the size of the class, the academic preparation of the students, and the community partnership or project type. 

At Drake, courses with the CEL attribute must contain the following components:

  • Learning Outcomes: The community engagement activity is tied to one or more course learning outcomes.
  • Application and Integration: Guided by their instructor and working with a community partner, students engage with a community issue (local, regional or global), integrating theory and practice.
  • Reciprocity: The community experience seeks to offer value to the community partner as well as to the students.
  • Reflection and assessment: Students intentionally participate in reflection on the community experience (ethical and civic dimensions), the discipline and themselves.

To request CEL designation for your course please submit a CEL Attribute Request Form.

CEL in Online Courses

Social Change Frameworks