We foster a CEL Community of Practice through regular workshops, roundtables, informal peer-led gatherings and co-presented events throughout the academic year.
Our faculty events cover a variety of topics and bring together instructors who teach, or are interested in teaching, community-engaged learning courses.
In addition to the events listed below under How the program works, one-off events may arise throughout the year. To stay up to date on upcoming events, please register for our faculty newsletter.
Program EligibilityAll U of T faculty
How The Program Works
Our upcoming events include:
The CEL Community of Practice (CoP) Gathering
This pilot series of peer-led community of practice gatherings offers CEL instructors a recurring conversation space to meet each other, share best practices, troubleshoot, discuss relevant literature and collaborate on CEL/CER teaching-related issues. Each gathering will be co-hosted and facilitated by a different faculty member, who will present a challenge, case study, experience, article or other resource to spark discussion. These gatherings also offer an opportunity for instructors to ask CCP staff questions.
CEL and Sustainability: Thursday, March 4 from 3 – 4 p.m.
Facilitated by Professor John Robinson, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy; Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability
In this CEL CoP Gathering, Professor Robinson will follow up on the “Advancing Sustainability in Community Engaged Learning Workshop” that he held with the CCP in May 2019. At that workshop, participating faculty identified barriers and opportunities to improve and expand offerings of sustainability integrated CEL projects and courses. Please join the conversation whether or not you attended the 2019 workshop!
CEL Faculty Roundtables
CEL Faculty Roundtables offer an opportunity for experienced CEL practitioners to discuss selected themes or issues in depth with experts from across the University. Our roundtables take place online. Each speaker has 10 minutes to share their experiences and questions on the topic at hand. Time is also reserved for attendees to interact and further share their experiences.
CCP Faculty Roundtable on Remote CEL: Wednesday, February 24 from 2 – 3:30 p.m.
With Professors Michelle Arnot (Pharmacology, UTSG), Aditi Mehta (Urban Studies, UTSG) and Corinne Beauquis (Language Studies, UTSC)
Community needs have increased as a consequence of the pandemic’s unequal impacts. At the same time, organizational capacity to host students has been significantly constrained. Through “field reports” from instructors who have embraced remote CEL this academic year, this roundtable is a space to deepen the conversation about the challenges and opportunities of delivering community-engaged learning in pandemic circumstances.
We might ask:
- How have CEL teaching and learning been affected by these circumstances?
- What strategies have CEL instructors taken to meet community and student needs through remote CEL?
- What opportunities has the shift to remote collaboration opened up?
Invited speakers will share strategies, tools and resources they have developed this year to offer their courses successfully.
If you are interested in proposing a roundtable, please contact Heather Hermant, Lead Coordinator, Academic Initiatives.
Workshop: Introduction to Community-Engaged Learning
Thursday, March 11 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
This workshop introduces the key principles of CEL for course design. It is intended for instructors who are new to CEL, and who wish to brainstorm how to integrate CEL into their teaching.
Faculty Institute on Community-Engaged Learning
This keystone annual program will not be offered in 2020-2021 due to the pandemic.
The Faculty Institute on Community-Engaged Learning is an annual meeting where faculty from across the University come together to share best practices in community-engaged learning (CEL). Experienced CEL instructors and those new to CEL hear from invited guests, participate in workshops and panel discussions, and build a CEL community of practice at the University.
For more information about our events, please contact Heather Hermant, Lead Coordinator, Academic Initiatives.
Register for our workshops and other events by submitting the registration form.