Community-Based Learning Courses

 Community-Based Learning (CBL) or service-learning identifies a pedagogy that explicitly engages students in studying community issues in order to increase students' understanding and application of academic content.  CBL courses should include student learning outcomes concerning application of the concepts and skills of an academic discipline to issues in the community.  CBL courses may integrate a broad range of teaching and learning strategies and structures, including:

  • Field experiences (F E)
  • practicum (PR)
  • internship (IN)
  • capstones (C S)
  • research projects (R S)
  • clinical - healthcare (HC)

Each CBL course should meet the following criteria to be considered:

  1. Involves a community experience or project with an external partner that applies knowledge and integrates theory and practice
  2. Course includes service (direct service, research, or practice) with the community (local, state, national or international) based on course content
  3. Course includes learning objectives related to the application of disciplinary/course concepts to community activities
  4. There is mutual benefit  to the community partner and the student

If you are interested in designating your course as a CBL course, contact the Office of Community Engagement.  The office can also provide assistance if you are interested in developing a CBL course or revising an existing course to meet the CBL criteria.

Resources on CBL Courses

References for Impact of Community-Based Learning on Students

Designing and Delivering a Community-Based Learning Course

Community Based Learning (CBL) Listserv  - open to UofL faculty, staff, and graduate students who would like to learn more about CBL. The listserv provides a forum for open discussion and information sharing on topics related to Community-Based Learning.

How to Develop a Service-Learning Course (PDF)

Models of Service Learning in the Curriculum (PDF)