What is Community-Engaged Learning?

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Community-engaged learning is a pedagogical approach that connects members of academia with community partners to create engaging experiences for faculty, students and the community.  Community-engaged learning can be place-based or project-based depending on the course, and it invites collaborative approaches whereby faculty and students work with community partners on addressing various needs in the community. Students have the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom to the real world in ways that make a meaningful difference while gaining valuable skills. Through critical thinking, action, and reflection, community-engaged learning creates collaborative approaches to working with community agencies/organizations in ways that address specific needs.  Examples include but are not limited to: internships, service learning, problem-based research, and action-based research.