What is Community Engaged Learning?
There are many definitions of Community-Engaged learning. Here at the University of Minnesota, we use the term to describe a teaching method that incorporates community involvement into coursework. This class-related community involvement enhances students' understanding of course materials. While deepening the learning process in this way, students build a sense of civic responsibility. At that same time, they address community-identified needs.
Students, faculty, and community members all benefit from incorporating community-engaged learning into coursework. It promotes interactive teaching, active learning, new classroom discussion possibilities, civic and learning skills for students, and a connection to the community. It also can lead to new avenues for research and publication.