CEL for community

Community-engaged learning in action
UVic recreation and health education students Ali Funk (centre left) and Becky Wilder (centre right) joined the team at James Bay Community School Centre for a co-op term, contributing their leadership skills to the centre’s Summer Recreation and Adventure programs.

How community-engaged learning (CEL) benefits community 

Students can make a vital impact on the community by contributing their skills, enthusiasm and knowledge to community projects and organizational needs. The community also plays a vital role in enhancing student learning experiences.

There are many ways that community members and community organizations can support student learning while benefiting from student contributions. Community-engaged learning (CEL) incorporates a wide range of experiences from hands-on classroom work (like developing websites or business plans for small businesses) to co-op work terms and practicum placements that occur in organizations off campus.