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Community-Engaged Education

Academic Placements and Projects

Community-engaged education experiences may be placement-based (where students attend weekly) or project-based (where students connect with the host organization for mentorship in the project but may not visit the organization regularly).

These experiences engage individual or groups of students in unpaid, community-based/ volunteer experiences that directly relate to a specific academic course.

These placements/projects are normally negotiated between the host organization and the Office of Experiential Education to find opportunities that are mutually beneficial in fulfilling the needs of the organization and the course objectives.

Academic placements and projects provide students an opportunity to:

  • enrich the classroom experience by allowing them to be an active participant in learning;
  • apply classroom learning to practical, hands-on experiences;
  • learn more about and contribute to the community around them;
  • develop new skills under the supervision of someone more experienced; and,
  • expand their network of contacts and build their resume.

Types of Placements/Projects

Placements/projects normally range from 20-80 hours per student, can be built into three or six unit courses, and can be optional or mandatory in your course.
Placements and projects are normally hosted in not-for-profit organizations, but some public sector organizations have participated in past.

How to Get Started

To best support you and your students, we ask that all faculty/instructors who wish to explore community-engaged education placements or projects (with the support of EE) for the 2017-2018 academic year, please submit the Faculty Expression of Interest Form below by the following dates:

  • Monday, June 19, 2017 (for classes commencing September 2017)
  • Monday, October 16, 2017 (for classes commencing January 2018)

Once we have received your completed form, a staff member from EE will contact you directly to follow up to your request in more detail and discuss feasibility and next steps.

Courses do not need to be fully planned to submit this form, but we do need to know who may be interested in working with us in the coming terms to allow enough time for planning and outreach. If you are in the exploratory stages of planning and would like to meet to discuss options before completing this form, please email Ruthanne Talbot at by the above dates.

Faculty Expression of Interest Form

Incorporating Community-Engaged Education into Courses: A Guidebook

This manual is intended to provide faculty members with the tools to assist with developing or refining community-engaged elements in their courses.

Download the Guidebook