Resources for Community-based Learning


Designing a Community-based Learning Course

The link above takes you to BCLA’s workbook designed to help faculty members determine if CBL is right for their class, and if so, the steps needed to implement the CBL course activities.

Assessing Community-based Learning 
There are a number of ways to do this depending on your specific course outcomes. The provided link takes you to Purdue University's site on Assessment tools for Service Learning. Additional support can be provided directly from the Director of Engaged Learning.

Articles on Community-based Learning

Articles on Student Impact

Celio, C. I., Durlak, J., & Dymnicki, A. (2011). A meta-analysis of the impact of service-learning on students. Journal of Experimental Education, 34, 164-181.

Conway, J.M., Amel, E.L., & Gerwien, D.P. (2009). Teaching and learning in the social context: a meta-analysis of service learning's effect on academics, personal, social, and citizenship outcomes. Teaching of Psychology, 36, 233-245.

Hoffman, A.J. (2011). Community-based learning and social capital: Exploring student attitudes and perceptions of connectedness to campus and diverse communities. Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education, Vol 3, Number 1.

Gilster, M.E. (2012). Comparing neighborhood-activism and volunteerism: psychological well-being and social connectedness. Journal of Community Psychology, 40(7), 769-784.

Schamber, J.F. & Mahoney, S.L. (2008) The development of political awareness and social justice citizenship through community-based learning in a first-year general education seminar. The Journal of General Education, 57(2), 75-99.

Stokamer, S. (2013) Pedagogical catalysts of civic competence: the development of a critical epistemological model for community-based learning. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 17(1), 113-121.

Yorio, P.L., & Ye, F. (2012) A meta-analysis on the effects of service-learning on social, personal, and cognitive, outcomes of learning. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 11, 9-27 

Engaging Diverse Students

Novick, S., Seider, S.C., & Huguley, J.P. (2011). Engaging college students from diverse backgrounds in community service learning. Journal of College & Character, 12(1), 2-8.