We support faculty members who develop and teach community-engaged learning (CEL) courses (PDF), as well as those undertaking research on innovative community-engaged teaching and learning experiences. We offer experienced and new CEL instructors course development consultations, support with securing student placements, and course orientations. We also administer CEL course surveys and a small Community Partner Engagement Fund.
- Course consultations
CCP staff can assist you with CEL course design, informed by their experiences in the field, recent scholarship and existing best practices.
Please contact Jennifer Esmail at email@example.com to book a one-on-one consultation.
- Placement finding
We can assist you with finding community partners for your CEL courses. We provide access to our network of community partners in the grassroots, nonprofit and public sectors in the Greater Toronto Area. We help to broker relationships and work with you and your community partners to create mutually-beneficial learning experiences for students.
To assist us in this process, please complete a Request for Partnership Proposal (RFPP) (DOCX). We use the information you provide to inform which community partners we approach about your course. Once submitted, we will work with you to develop an outreach strategy to potential community partners. We typically need a full term’s advance notice to support community partnership development. Instructors who are new to CEL should book a course consultation prior to submitting the RFPP.
The RFPP deadline for fall and full-year courses is the first week of May. The deadline for winter courses is the first week of September. The deadline for summer courses is the first week of January.
For more information, please contact Rebs Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Course orientations
We offer an orientation presentation from the CCP's Academic Initiatives team for your CEL students. This presentation covers the key principles of community-engaged learning, standards of professionalism and confidentiality for students engaging in CEL, considerations for health and safety, and an overview of the paperwork required of students. We can customize the orientation to address topics relevant to your course.
To request an orientation for your course, please contact Rebs Lee at email@example.com.
- CEL course surveys
We administer student CEL course surveys on their CEL experience. Each spring, we return the anonymized results of your students’ data to you for your own use. We also use the data aggregated across all courses for institutional reporting needs.
We also survey CEL course instructors about their CEL teaching experiences to assist us with shaping the services, programs and resources we design for CEL faculty.
If you are interested in participating in the course surveys or have any questions, please contact Rebs Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Student handbook
We offer a student handbook for engaging in CEL courses.
This handbook covers:
- information about CEL as a pedagogy and practice
- an overview of reflection as it pertains to CEL
- roles and responsibilities of students, instructors, community partners and the CCP
- tips for engaging with community partners
- information on policies and procedures
- Community Partner Engagement Fund
We offer modest funding to support faculty members who are teaching CEL courses. The purpose of the Community Partner Engagement Fund is to strengthen community partner engagement, deepen existing relationships with community partners and recognize community partners for their investment in student learning. Faculty members teaching CEL courses may apply for up to $250.
Eligible expenses include honoraria for community partner guest lectures, expenses for events and activities that bring together community partners and students, and community partners’ transportation costs.