Resources for faculty and staff

UVic currently provides the following supports and resources to help integrate community-engaged learning (CEL) into your courses and programs. Explore the full list of the types of CEL opportunities available at UVic, or read more about CEL pedagogy that's being developed.

If you need support or have a question about CEL that isn't answered below, please let us know! Contact celc1@uvic.ca with your inquiry.

Get support for your CEL project

The Community-Engaged Learning Office is available to support faculty, staff, students and community partners who are currently facilitating CEL or who are interested in integrating CEL into their curriculum, leraning or work. Contact the CEL Office at  or 250-472-5667.

Below are some examples of the support provided:

  • Help finding information or partners that can support your project.
  • Help designing CEL projects that connect with desired learning outcomes and contribute to community endeavours.
  • Help navigating internal and external systems associated with CEL.
  • Help build capacity for CEL delivery.
  • Help spread the word about your project to the CEL community of practice.
  • Help with logistical support as you run your own small CEL event.

If you need other types of support not listed, please contact celc1@uvic.ca with your inquiry.

Join the CEL community of practice

The Community-Engaged Learning Office is developing a community-of-practice with fellow community-engaged learning (CEL) practitioners at UVic. We help host and promote events and get-togethers for staff, faculty, community members and students participating in CEL. These events provide an opportunity to network with other CEL participants.

If you are interested in joining this group, contact Rhianna (celc1@uvic.ca) to stay in the loop about these events and other relevant community-university engagement news.

Community and Government Relations

UVic's Office of Community and Government Relations can support academic and service units regarding current and emerging community, corporate and government engagement opportunities.

Engagement with First Nations communities

UVic's Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement (IACE) provides support and resources for faculty and staff engaging with First Nations communities including:

Grant and funding options

Learn about community-engaged learning funding options here.

Community-Engaged Learning Quick Guide

The CEL Quick Guide lists resources available to support community-engaged learning opportunities at UVic. This guide was developed through a collaboration between the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Education, the Learning and Teaching Centre, the Office of Community-University Engagement and Co-operative Education Program and Career Services.

SEGAL Lab: Community-Engaged Learning and Software Engineering

SEGAL is a Center of Excellence in Community-engaged Research and Teaching of issues and strategies for Software Engineering Global interAction. Developing software in geographically distributed teams has become the norm, software organizations leveraging talent anywhere in the world, and particularly in locations close to customers or where development costs are reduced. However, distributed projects involve complex interactions across organizational, functional as well as national, cultural and socio-economic boundaries, making their study important but difficult. 

SEGAL has achieved international recognition for leading empirically validated research in partnership with software development community in Victoria, Canada and large international software development organizations. Our research resulted in technology transfer to the IT community in the form of models for predicting risk of escalating customer tickets or processes for improved project resource planning. In 2017 a model of evolving requirements engineering practices in startup companies has become available for local companies to use in their business growth. Faculty members interested in working to address issues of the software community locally or internationally should contact the lab Director to pursue such opportunities. 

Furthermore, equipped with advanced, state-of-the-art collaboration technologies for distance communication, SEGAL has also created a teaching and mentoring environment for numerous undergraduate and graduate students in community-engaged learning of Requirements Engineering and Global Software Engineering. Some of these students have obtained jobs at international development organizations, or became leaders of high-technology parks at other universities abroad. Others have chosen to live and work in beautiful BC, by founding their own Victoria-based startup company, or work remotely for international corporations.

"I am a former student of Dr. Damian's, having studied under her both in my undergraduate and graduate work in computer science at UVic. Now, in my role as Engineering Manager at Bandcamp, a US-based company whose entire workforce is distributed around the world, I directly benefit from the teachings, research and community engagement of Dr. Damian. Specifically, her teaching allowed me to  become engaged with the tech sector, to bring current research on distributed software development directly into practice, and to ultimately find a job that I love, that allows me to balance raising a young family with a challenging and rewarding career: I am able to work—from home—as part of a thriving, globally distributed software engineering team, for an internationally successful company, but did not have to leave Victoria to do so. Dr. Damian has been fundamental in giving me the tools necessary to build my career while staying in BC—keeping myself and other graduate level, skilled tech workers here, rather than being forced to move abroad."

- Anna Russo Kennedy, Engineering Manager, Bandcamp

Social innovation resources

Once you begin participating in community-engaged learning opportunities you'll likely hear the term "social innovation." Social innovation and community-university engagement are often interconnected on projects and initiatives. Community organizations, university faculty and students interested in building connections between the university and the community are often also champions of social innovation.

What is social innovation?  

Social innovation can be defined in numerous ways. We like to use the definition below, provided by the McConnell Foundation (this foundation provided grant funds to establish our local social innovation hub the Vancouver Island Social Innovation Zone).

Social innovations are new ideas, products, services, institutions and relationships, offering fresh examples of social innovations of the past including the nursing profession, the emergence of cooperatives, and umbrella fundraising organizations… Social innovations often occur at the edges of systems, or where two or more ‘siloed’ disciplines meet. For example, the burgeoning field of social entrepreneurship integrates financial with social or environmental outcomes.


- McConnell Foundation Social Innovation Fund (Information guide and application)

Watch the video below by the Social Innovation Generation to learn more.