The Office of Community Engaged Learning is a one-stop shop for resources related to connecting students, courses and faculty scholarship to the community. Community Engaged Learning describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity (Carnegie Foundation, 2016). Read more about the Drake definition of community engagement and service-learning under the About Us section.
There are many ways to integrate a community component into a course. At Drake, community engaged learning opportunities are designed to link learning outcomes to community needs in order to deepen student’s knowledge and development. Many factors including course learning goals, the size of the class, the academic preparation of the students, and the community partnership or project type, are important to think through and our office can help, contact us today!