Participate

There are numerous ways that faculty and staff can partner with community members and organizations to support student learning while contributing to community projects and needs. 

Opportunities to participate in community-engaged learning (CEL)

Explore below the types of CEL currently practiced at UVic to see if there is a good fit for your course or program. Check out the resources available to support you in your CEL participation or learn more about the CEL pedagogy that's being developed. 

Clinic

Clinic: Provides practice-based work experience under the supervision of an experienced registered or licensed professional. Unlike practica, which require practice-based work for discipline-specific professional licensure or certification, clinics provide practice-based work experience, but these work experience hours are not required for professional certification.

Community governance project

Community Governance Project: Capstone, community-led project in Indigenous Governance that entails complete immersion in an Indigenous nation (co-supervised by a community leader) that is designed to draw on student’s talents to generate work that is of mutual interest, and can be directly implemented within community (i.e. installation of solar panels, develop radio station, report on Indigenous leadership etc.).

Community service learning

Community Service Learning: Integrates voluntary, unpaid community service that addresses community needs into a credit-bearing course with an explicit educational framework that includes student reflection on the volunteer experience. Reflection enhances understanding of civic engagement and builds connections between the experience and course content. Typically the first four weeks of the course are spent in the classroom learning relevant theory, the following seven weeks are spent doing 30-40 hours of volunteer service, and the final two weeks are again spent in the classroom and include reflection and relation of the experience back to theory.

How to participate: Learn more about community service learning courses (CSL). CSL courses are full-credit courses allow students to complete 4 weeks of classroom theory followed by 7 weeks of volunteer community work in an area they are passionate about. See below a list of some CSL courses that have been offered at UVic. 

Previous CSL courses

  • Intercultural Service Learning (PAS 209)
  • Issues in the Field of Dispute Resolution: Working in the Community (DR 517)
  • Working in the Community (SOSC 300)

Consulting project

Consulting Project: Involves student interactions working with a client or organization in order to identify and analyze issues or opportunities within the organization and develop a solution or strategy for moving forward.

Co-op

Co-op: Co-op consists of alternating academic terms and paid work terms, where work terms provide experience in a workplace setting related to the student’s field of study. The number of required work terms varies by program; however, the time spent in work terms must be at least 30% of the time spent in academic study.

How to participate: Hire a co-op student or connect with a co-op coordinator to learn more. Check out funding optionsstudent storiesevents for employers to explore how you can be invovled with community-engaged learning experiences through Co-op and Career. 

Course-based

Course Based: Incorporates intensive hands-on learning into the academic classroom setting. This hands-on learning can occur in various ways, for example, community members participate as guest speakers or presenters in the classroom.

Creative performance or exhibit

Creative Performance or Exhibit: Involves an individual or team-produced dramatic, artistic, or musical performance, exhibit, or display that is presented to an audience consisting of members other than or in addition to the course instructor and classmates. Thus, creative performances, unlike creative projects, involve student interactions with members of the external community. This performance constitutes a central component of the course.

Field experience

Field Experience: Requires time spent on course-related experiences and assignments in settings other than the typical academic classroom (which includes the lecture hall, laboratory, and seminar or workshop setting). Field experiences may be directed or mediated by the instructor and include a range of time-intensive endeavours that require varying levels of student interaction. For example, field experiences include short-term field trips, field work, and observational activities such as classroom observations or attending a performance. Field experiences involve student interaction with members of the external community. Note that, as a distinctive types of experience, field schools and field placements are classified separately from other field experiences.

How to participate: Learn more and connect with the coordinators that facilitate field experiences to explore how you can support this community-engaged learning experience.


Creative or design project

Creative or Design Project: Involves an individual or team-produced project, in response to community requests, as a central component of the course. Projects provide experience in the design process, from identifying needs or problems through consultation with community partners and determining solutions to prototyping and testing designs or other responses. These projects take many forms: artistic, dramatic, or musical projects, graphic design projects, or engineering design projects, for instance.

Field placement

Field Placement: Provides students with an intensive work experience in a setting relevant to their field of study. Field placements need not require supervision of a registered or licensed professional and the completed work experience hours are not required for professional certification. Field placements account for community-engaged learning experiences not encompassed by other forms, such as co-op, clinic, practicum, and internship.

Field school

Field School: Takes students out of the typical academic classroom (which includes the lecture hall, laboratory, and seminar or workshop setting) and into the field for hands-on study or application of course concepts in a context-relevant environment. Field schools offer an intensive, immersive experience and are often at least three weeks in duration.

How to participate: Explore the list of field schools offered at UVic below to learn more about how you can get involved. 

 

Indigenous-led land-based learning

Indigenous-led Land-based Learning: Land/water-based learning initiatives that are led by Indigenous nations and provide students with experiential and place-based knowledge that assists in struggle for resurgence and self-determination (i.e. removal of invasive species, regenerating Indigenous food systems, hunting, fishing etc.).

Internship

Internship: Offers a discipline-specific, supervised, structured, full-time work experience or practice placement of substantial duration. Internships may occur in the middle of an academic program or after all academic coursework has been completed and prior to graduation. Internships can be of any length, but are typically four, eight, or twelve months long.

Knowledge Exchange

Knowledge Exchange: Students interact with community in an exchange of knowledge related to course or module intended learning outcomes. For example, a community member presents on a particular topic and interacts with students to expand upon the relationship(s) between the topic and the community experience thereof.

Practicum

Practicum: Involves work experience under the supervision of an experienced registered or licensed professional in any discipline that requires practice-based work experience for professional licensure or certification. Under the supervision of a registered professional university teacher and/or agency practitioner, students may carry modified work assignments commensurate with their knowledge and competency levels

How to participate: Learn more and connect with the placement coordinators that facilitate practicum placements to explore how you can support this community-engaged learning experience.

Project Based

Project Based: Involves student interactions working on a particular project with community in order to respond to a particular need or opportunity in the communtiy. For example, a student may identify and analyze a particular program within an organization and develop a solution or strategy for moving forward.

Publication or conference presentation

Publication or Conference Presentation: Includes presenting an original paper in a formal academic conference, colloquium, or community setting, publishing an original work, and/or contributing to a publication in an editorial capacity, that involves community consultation.

Research project

Research Project: Involves, as a major course component, a process of substantial discovery, synthesis, and/or application of information to solving a particular problem in an original way. The research process can be undertaken independently or in teams. The application of research is community-based. Although consulting, creative, or design projects may involve research, these are seen as distinctive types of community-engaged learning and are classified separately.

Study abroad or exchange

Study Abroad or Exchange: Entails participation in at least one term of coursework at an international institution. While Exchange indicates that both the international institution and UVic send and receive students to and from each other, Study Abroad does not indicate a reciprocal agreement, and UVic acts as a sending institution only, not also as a receiving institution.

How to participate: Learn more about UVic exchange programs or study abroad experiences. Check out International Student Services and the Office of Global Engagement for more information on engagement opportunities.

Work experience

Work Experience: Intersperses one or two paid work terms into an academic program, where work terms provide experience in a workplace setting related to the student’s field of study. Work experience is a modified, smaller-scale version of co-op.

How to participate: Hire a work experience student or connect with a co-op coordinator to learn more. Check out funding optionsstudent storiesevents for employers to explore how you can be invovled with community-engaged learning experiences through Co-op and Career.