Teaching and learning activities can include credit or non-credit bearing academic programs or learning activities conducted for public understanding.
Examples of community-engaged teaching and learning activities include:
- Service-learning: A method of instruction in credit-bearing courses that meets or addresses a community need, and fosters civic learning and responsibility by connecting curriculum with community service in a real-world setting. Activities are usually semester based but can range from one-time weekend activities to year-long projects.
- Community Co-ops/Internships: Paid or unpaid activities that are closely tied to learning outcomes and that enhance students’ understanding of a specific career or set of skills. Community Co-ops/Internships usually require a high-level of time commitment and some can be done for credit or independently by a student to gain experience.
- Practicum: Similar to an internship, but more focused on students gaining skills through the application of course instruction (i.e., student teaching, clinical rotations, etc.).
- Community Federal Work Study: A federally funded financial aid program for college students, federal work study provides opportunities for students to earn financial aid by working in locations on and off campus.
- Sharing of Academic Resources: Community members can connect to academic resources through continuing education programs; free or discounted classes, workshops, and trainings; or various other professional development opportunities that are designed for the public.