Our team is working remotely and continuing our support of Community Engaged Learning (CEL) projects and placements. As always, feel free to contact us at cel@uwo.ca at any point and let us know how we can help you. Please visit www.uwo.ca/coronavirus for university-wide updates.

Students at the Grand Theatre

There are many opportunities for faculty and staff to engage in community engaged learning. Whether developing curricular CEL opportunities for your students, participating as a leader in global experiences like Alternative Spring Break, or volunteering your time with your colleagues through local service, there is something for everyone.

Collaborate with local and global communities to address community-defined needs. Affect authentic change building and bridging the university-community relationship. Click here to discover what your colleagues are saying about the benefits of CEL at Western.

Why Incorporate Community Engaged Learning?

  • Utilize innovative teaching strategies to serve a public good
  • Contribute to improved student learning outcomes as students apply course content to societal issues
  • Help students build transferable skills to prepare them for post-graduate employment
  • Offer students the opportunity to engage in self-directed learning
  • Build connections with industry and community partners that can lead to research collaboration and other forms of engaged scholarship

Did You Know?

We supported over 36 CEL courses in 2019-2020. Check out our current CEL courses.

In 2019-2020, students in CEL courses donated a combined total of 45,762 hours to community projects

CEL at Western won the Pillar Innovation Award for Community Impact in 2017. 

Learning Outcomes From CEL Courses

CEL courses at Western provide unique learning for students. Below are 14 curricular CEL learning outcomes co-crafted by instructors who teach CEL courses in various Faculties at Western. 

AdaptabilityDemonstrate flexibility and a willingness to adapt to changing environments, recognizing that community work is complex, unpredictable, and requires innovative thinking. Collaboration: Collaborate as an effective team to realize shared vision and outcomes.
CommunicationCommunicate experiences in appropriate language to different audiences, including academic, professional, and the community. Creativity: Reimagine or envision solutions to challenges provided by the community partner.
Creative problem solvingIdentify community issues and brainstorm possible community-informed solutions. Critical thinkingGather information and identify connections between ideas in order to make informed decisions.
Knowledge translationCreate practical applications and/or distill community learning experiences into tangible, deliverables based on theoretical concepts relevant to your discipline. Personal development: Engage in the process of improving one’s self through empathy development, professional ethics, and community-oriented action.
PlanningManage group projects from vision to completion by employing, goal setting, delegation, prioritization, time management, and organizational strategies. Professional development: Identify and embody protocols of professional behaviour.
Professional scope: Awareness of their own scope of practice, knowledge, and abilities. ReflectionExamine and articulate what they have learned and relate that learning to their own life experience.
Social responsibilitySeek to understand societal issues, values, and needs specific to the community to which students are partnered and create strategies to act in the best interest of that community. Value diversity and understand privilegeAcknowledge and understand complexities of privilege and oppression while valuing the diverse voices of the community.

Resources for Community Engaged Learning

Community Engaged Learning (CEL) Community of Practice

This group consists of faculty who teach curricular community engaged learning courses.  It is led by the Community Engaged Learning Coordinators on the Experiential Learning team who facilitate monthly lunch and learns with guest speakers and featured topics. For help with any questions, or to join this CoP, contact Kelly Hollingshead.

Create a CEL course or opportunity today

Are considering using CEL as pedagogy for your course? Our team would be happy to connect with you to provide access and support to embed CEL as part of your course. Connect with us today!

More information on Experiential Learning 

To learn about embedding other experiential learning opportunities into your work or to access general resources on incorporating EL principles, visit Experiential Learning at Western. 

 

Access important resources for virtual Community Engaged Learning