What is Community-Based Learning?
Community-based learning (CBL) is an instructional strategy that blends academic learning with practice outside the classroom. Emphasis is placed on reflection, active student participation and connecting the curriculum to the 'living text' of the real world.
Integral to community-based learning is the relationship established between SXU faculty, students, and partners in the community. In a community-based learning course project, both the students and community partner benefit. Examples of community-based learning include internships, clinical experiences, student teaching and service learning; in all cases, community-based learning courses require that students compose written reflections upon the application of their learning to the community experience.
Integral Components of Community-Based Learning
CBL courses are mutually beneficial to the student and the community partner.
CBL courses are mission-based, with a particular emphasis on educating students to "serve wisely and compassionately in support of human dignity and the common good."
CBL courses actively engage the student in experiential learning.
CBL courses require reflection on the experience.
CBL courses enrich and reinforce academic learning within the discipline.
Community Partner Organizations
View CBL Community Partners in a larger map
Community-Based Learning Courses at SXU
View a list of the Community-Based Learning course offerings in Fall 2016 (PDF).
For More Information
For more information, please contact the director of the General Education Program,
Michael O'Keeffe, at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Janet Brady in the General Education Office at 773-298-3091.