Community Based Learning
Community Based Learning
In Community-Based Learning, students learn how to apply ideas, theories, and models to social issues in a practical context while gaining insights from practitioners in community-based organizations.
Service-Learning, a type of Community-Based Learning, is a pedagogical method that enables students to apply course concepts to a “real life” experience that meets a community need and to reflect upon all aspects. It involves student work generally with disadvantaged and under-served individuals or groups. Course objectives and student community work are fundamentally integrated throughout the semester. The basic aim of Service-Learning is two-fold: first, that students’ service will heighten the understanding of central academic themes, goals, or subject matter in their courses; second, that the academic course content will facilitate students’ ability to reflect in deep and meaningful ways on their experiences as agents of social justice.
Mission and Vision:
The mission of the Office for Community-Based Learning is to incorporate direct community service within the academic experience at Canisius, principally through the pedagogical method of service-learning. Through service, students are given the opportunity to live out the cornerstones of the Jesuit mission and values.
Canisius students will be transformed by a meaningful service-learning experience to become men and women with and for others, striving to do more (magis), and to promote social justice. Students will be able to reflect upon and express how the reciprocal relationships between academics and service experiences have helped them to increase their awareness of the needs of others.
Learning Goals and Objectives:
- Goal 1: Enhanced understanding of the course material through Community-Based Learning
- Objective 1: Perform Community-Based Learning at a site that compliments the academic course
- Objective 2: Incorporate elements of the curriculum into Community-Based Learning experiences
- Objective 3: Reflect on Community-Based Learning experiences and their connections to the course through in class discussions and reflection sessions
- Goal 2: Incorporation of Jesuit mission and values into academic experiences
- Objective 1: Strive to become a man or woman with and for others through Community-Based Learning
- Objective 2: When possible, go above and beyond expectations—do more (magis)
- Objective 3: Understand and promote social justice through Community-Based Learning
- Goal 3: Make a positive impact in the world
- Objective 1: Utilize education to initiate changes that better the world
- Objective 2: Become aware of the needs of others and of what can be done to address those needs
- Goal 4: Undergo transformative experiences that foster personal growth and development
- Objective 1: Continue to serve the community in various ways
- Objective 2: Recognize, understand, and appreciate the diversity of those from different walks of life