Course and Assignment Development Grants Available

The Davis Education Foundation's "Embedded Experiential Learning Across the Curriculum" grant is intended to deepen learning for all members of Amherst’s diverse student body by embedding experiential learning opportunities throughout the curriculum.  Funding is available to support existing courses and assignments and to develop new ones.

Support for Community-Based Learning

The CCE provides resources for faculty interested in incorporating community-based learning into their teaching and research.


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Three college students stand in front of a chalkboard in a classroom while middle school students look on.

Engaging with local middle school students visiting campus as part of Race, Education, and Belonging (EDST-200) and Writing the College Experience (ENGL-121).


Why consider community learning for your course?

CONTEXTUAL UNDERSTANDING

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

SKILL DEVELOPMENT

Activities such as field trips and community-based projects offer students the opportunity to practice key skills (e.g., 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.


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Five college students stand next to a poster they made about a children's book concept titled "Sunrise on Alcatraz."

Community presentations for Indigenous Narratives: Creating Children's Stories about Native American History (AMST-328).


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 the local community, CCE staff can help imagine the possibilities, facilitate connections with 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:

  • site visits and off campus presentations;
  • teaching and research assistants;
  • community-based learning trips and travel;
  • course materials and fees.

During the 2023-2024 academic year, funding of up to $2,500 per course is available from the CCE for community-based learning courses. Faculty members interested in requesting funding should email cce@amherst.edu with a description of the class and a budget request. Department staff will work with faculty members to fully fund each course (from a range of sources across campus) and ensure that students have the resources they need to fully participate in the class.

CCE staff can also assist with logistical support for community-based courses.

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
GRANT OR PROPOSAL SUPPORT

For grant proposals that include impact or community components, CCE staff can help faculty explore possibilities and make connections with community partners.

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.

For more information

Sarah Barr
Director
sbarr@amherst.edu
(413) 542-2982

Zoë Jacobs Feinstein
Associate Director
zjacobs@amherst.edu
(413) 542-2972

Center for Community Engagement
Converse Hall, Suite 202
https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/experiential-learning/cce

 

Community-Based Learning in the News

A student gives a presentation in an ornate gold room. An LCD screen displays a slide and she is gesturing toward it. Another student stands next to her.
Camden Heafitz ’25 and Lorraine Oloo ’23 presenting their genealogical research

Data with Destiny: A Statistics Class Mines the History of Holyoke

Amherst College: News

Students in the Amherst College "Mining the History of Holyoke" STAT210 course used text analytics and data mining to explore the rich history of Holyoke, Massachusetts.

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