Social Action and Integrative Learning
School of Integrative Studies | College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Helpful Practices for Working with CBL Courses

Community Partners and students often have a more positive experience when certain practices are included.

  • Students receive an orientation to the community organization.  This would include some background on the issue(s) the organization addresses, the programs the organization provides, and the experiences of the clients the organization serves.
  • Students and Community Partners have an initial discussion about each other’s expectations, hopes, needs and fears.
  • The amount and type of supervision of the student(s) work is thoughtfully considered and reviewed periodically.
  • Community Partners communicate with either the instructor or with SAIL whenever potential problems arise.  Please know that although a student may be required to participate in service for a course, you are not obligated to host them.  While students may have much to learn, your partnership with them should be a positive one.
  • Encourage your staff and other volunteers to consider themselves co-instructors of the student’s course. Take advantage of circumstances that help demonstrate the complexities involved in the issues you address.  Challenge students to strengthen their problem-solving skills.
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