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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
December 6, 2016
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Benefits of CSL

Use of Community Service-Learning in a course can: 

  • Give students a means of relating your course content to individuals, situations, and settings.
  • Increase student engagement in the classroom and with course content.
  • Increase student retention of the course material.
  • Provide unique opportunities for assignments to relate content to observed experience.
  • Give students the opportunity to learn what it means to give service and connect to a larger community.
  • Facilitate greater awareness of the relevance and importance of their academic work to their life experience and career choice.
  • Provide opportunities for a new role in teaching:  that of mentor, guide or facilitator of learning.
  • Allow for collaboration and partnering with community organizations and potentially add new dimensions to research.
  • Provide the opportunity to connect teaching and research with the Values, Vision, Mission, Guiding Principles and Academic Plan of the Institution.

Faculty Perspectives and Research Findings

"From the Classroom to the Front Lines: Reflections on Teaching Public History".  Click here for Laurier faculty member Roger Sarty's perspective on the experience of teaching a CSL course.

A new study by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) examines several types of experiential education and finds that programs that connect students directly with community organizations to work on real-life projects result in stronger engagement and better outcomes. Click here to read more.

Related Information Title Type
2012 CSL and Undergraduate Degree Level Expectations (UDLE) Document
2012 Faculty Handbook Document