Developing and Teaching a Community-based Learning Course: The Nuts and Bolts

It is important to provide authentic learning experiences for students where they can apply course content to real-world issues.  Such high impact practices engages students in meaningful ways in the educational process and enhances students' understanding of course content as well as help them view their community through a critical lens.  This session will explore how to develop a community-based learning course or convert one of your current courses to a community-based learning course.  Presenters will use their own experiences teaching courses that engage students in the community to share successful models they use to develop and teach their courses.

As a result of attending this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Design your own community-based learning course
  • Implement tips in selecting community partners for collaboration as part of the course
  • Explore different methods for assessing student learning in community-based learning course to determine what is most appropriate
Monday, February 26, 2018
12:00 - 1:15 PM
Shumaker Research Building, Room 139
Registration Required

Presenter Bios:

Sherri L. Wallace, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Political Science.  She is co-author with Hanes Walton, Jr. and Robert C. Smith on American Politics and the African American Quest for Universal Freedom, 8e.  Her teaching areas are African American politics, American politics, state and local politics, and public policy.  She is the recipient of the Kentuckiana Metroversity colleges and universities 2013 regional "Grawemeyer Award for Outstanding Instructional Design," and the National Conference of Black Political Scientists 2014 national "Anna Julia Cooper Teacher of the Year" award for "excellence in teaching."  Her research areas include: college textbook diversity, race and politics, women and  faculty of color in academe, and community economic development.

Lora Haynes, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.  Dr. Haynes is the co-founder and Director of the Resilient Families Project which provides educational and community-building experiences to strengthen families and promote resilience and mindfulness in families experiencing homelessness, and women in drug and alcohol recovery.  This project and its programs serve the residents of Wayside Christian Mission's Hotel Louisville and Wayside Christian Mission's Emergency Homeless Shelter.  Dr. Haynes's teaching, service and research interests center on family risk, resilience, mindfulness and happiness.  Her broad area of specialization is applied developmental and social/cognitive psychology.  She teaches classes in Life-Span Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Family Risk, Resilience & Mindfulness, and Community Internships in Psychology.  Dr. Haynes is the Department Director of Internships and Service-Learning, and the Departmental Director of Distance Education.  Dr. Haynes is on the Steering Committee for the Peace, Justice and Conflict Transformation (PJCT) Certificate Program at UofL, and on the Board of Directors for Educational Justice, and for the Society for the Prevention of Aggressiveness and Violence among Adolescents (SPAVA).  She served for 5 years on the Coordinating Circle for Mayor Fischer's Partnership for Compassionate Louisville.