SUPPORT FOR COMMUNITY BASED LEARNING & PROJECT BASED LEARNING

Why consider community or project based learning for your course?

CONTEXTUAL UNDERSTANDING

Students apply key knowledge and course content to community contexts, using it to explore and address complex questions and test their own ideas.

SKILL DEVELOPMENT

Activities such as field trips and community based projects offer students the opportunity to practice key skills (for example, ethnographic research, writing, observational research, and working in partnership with peers and community members).

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT

Community based learning and projects help students recognize the ways in which their work impacts the lives of others, and inspires them to be accountable both in and outside of the classroom.

How can the Center for Community Engagement help?

COURSE PLANNING AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

From courses designed around a semester-long project to field trips that introduce students to local contexts, CCE staff can help imagine the possibilities, facilitate connections with community partners, assist with project development, and/or provide direct support for course activities.

FUNDING, TRANSPORTATION, AND LOGISTICAL SUPPORT

CCE staff guide faculty as they navigate administrative systems and serve as partners as they plan and implement their courses.

Funding is available to support:

  • Honoraria for outside speakers
  • Teaching and research assistants
  • Field trips and travel
  • Course materials
  • Faculty stipends

CCE staff can also assist with arranging transportation and other logistical support for course activities and field trips.

TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES TO SUPPORT LEARNING BY DOING

The CCE offers resources designed to help students link analysis and action through:

  • Reflection activities such as facilitated discussions and collaborative assignments
  • Frameworks that provide concrete structure for student project processes
  • Opportunities for students to develop skills relevant to course work and project work
SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS AS IDEAS GROW BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

The CCE can guide students as they move from idea to action – this includes projects students envision or begin in a course and want to continue beyond the end of the semester.

Support for summer experiences, including internships, off-campus research, and independently designed projects, allows students to immerse themselves in further inquiry or project work.

For more information

Megan Lyster

Innovation and Experiential Learning Programs

mlyster@amherst.edu

(413) 542-2983

Sarah Barr

Director

sbarr@amherst.edu

(413) 542-2982

Zoë Jacobs

Assistant Director

zjacobs@amherst.edu

(413) 542-2972

 Center for Community Engagement

Keefe Campus Center, Suite 102

https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce