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What is Community-based Learning?
Community-based learning (CBL) is a pedagogical model that connects classroom-based work with meaningful community involvement and experiences. Within the context of equitable partnership, community organizations and students mutually benefit from the CBL experience both by meeting course objectives and by addressing community-identified goals. Students may engage with groups including, but not limited to: nonprofits, government agencies, grassroots collectives, and other educational institutions.
The principles of CBL include:
Components of CBL include:
How does Community-based Learning work at Johns Hopkins?
Although a number of faculty members at Hopkins already offer classes which incorporates community engagement, these experiences have not been formalized. The Center for Social Concern is stepping into this gap to begin to offer support to faculty who would like to teach community-based learning courses, as well as advocate for community-based learning to be more widely used and accepted on the Johns Hopkins campus.
For the program definition, click here.
For course designation criteria, click here.
How can I get involved?
Please contact the Community Based Learning Advisory Board with your interests and how you would like to participate.
For more examples of community based learning classes, and to learn more about CBL, please browse the rest of the Center for Social Concern's website, or visit the national service-learning learning clearinghouse at http://www.servicelearning.org