For Faculty

The Center for Public Impact offers resources on designing, implementing, and assessing community-based learning (also known as service-learning) courses and community-based scholarship.

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What is Community-Based Learning

Community-Based Learning, also known as service-learning, is a class-based, credit-bearing educational experience which integrates academic material, relevant community-based engagement and/or service activities, and critical reflection based on a reciprocal partnership that engage students, faculty/staff, and community members in achievement of academic and disciplinary learning objectives and civic outcomes to advance public purposes.

Learn more about Community-Based Courses (CBL)

Online Resources for Teaching Community-Based Learning Courses Online

The COVID-19 pandemic required a shift of all courses to an online format in the spring of 2020.  A LibGuide was created to assist faculty with making that shift, but can also be useful for faculty utilizing online delivery of community-based learning courses in the future.  The LibGuide features virtual volunteer opportunities, ways to incorporate the COVID-19 pandemic into your course topics, and resources available to you at BGSU for successful delivery of online courses.

Visit the LibGuide

Learning Community for Community Based Learning

The LC for CBL is a professional development opportunity for educators interested in integrating community-based learning (service-learning) pedagogy into new/existing courses or programs. The community is open to BGSU graduate students, instructors, staff, and tenure-track/tenured faculty.  Limited space is available and new applications are accepted each year.

Learn more about our Learning Communities

Faculty Workshops

Exploring best practices in community-based learning, community-based research, and community and civic engagement topics, these events are great opportunities for BGSU faculty members to network with colleagues and learn from other faculty members and professionals about community-engaged teaching and research methods.

Learn More About Faculty Workshops

Lending Library

The Center for Public Impact is home to over 200 civic engagement publications to promote the professional development of scholars, practitioners, and community members who are engaging in this critical work.

See what the Lending Library has to offer

Teaching and Learning Resources

We have a variety of resources available for faculty members to use. Some of these resources include a lending library, toolkits, sample syllabi, and more. 

Check out our teaching and research resources

We are happy to meet on an individual basis or as a small group to discuss integrating community-based learning into new/existing courses or programs and/or into scholarship. Contact Paul Valdez at paulv@bgsu.edu to request a consultation.