Community Engaged Learning @ SDSU

Community Engagement (CE) 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.

Service Learning (SL) entails active student participation in intentional and collaborative service experiences that help promote long-term community development and civic engagement. Service Learning projects significantly relate to course content as well as enrich student education through the acquisition of professional skills in a practical (or applied) setting while also satisfying the needs of partner institutions. Through distinctive various pedagogical activities involving reflection, students enhance their sense of civic responsibility, self-awareness, and commitment to the community.

Service Learning Taxonomy

All Service Learning (SL) is community engaged learning, but not all Community Engagement (CE) is service learning. To be considered Service Learning, a course must implement a specific pedagogical approach and incorporate all elements of the following taxonomy:

  1. Reciprocal Partnerships
  2. Benefits the Common Good
  3. Academically Relevant Community Involvement
  4. Explicit Service Learning Goals
  5. Critical Reflection Facilitates Learning
  6. Integrated Assessment of Student Learning

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