Community-engaged learning

Service updates in response to COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation (LTSI) has shifted from in-person to remote support.

You can contact the CEL Office at  or leave a message at 250-472-5667.

We continue to take advice and guidance from governments and health authorities concerning the health and safety of our community and will re-open in-person services as appropriate.

Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) is a form of experiential learning and community-engaged scholarship whereby students actively engage with course content through the combination of collaborations with community and facilitated reflection. In this approach to learning…

  • community (both on and off campus) is broadly defined;

  • action varies (e.g.s include dialogue, practice, consultation and research);

  • reciprocity is a core principle; and

  • levels of engagement vary from information sharing to involvement in community-led initiatives to co-creation of collaborative learning endeavours.

CEL can benefit both students and the community. The CEL Office (in the Division of Learning Support and Innovation) is here to support these endeavours. Contact for more information.

Examples of CEL

Sociology students collaborate with the Inter-Cultural Association’s Community Partnership Network. Video credit: Computer Science student Robert Wang


Psychology students collaborate with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Victoria.


Social Sciences students collaborate with non-profits across our region, including Surfrider Foundation.

Participate in community-engaged learning

Community, faculty and staff and students are all vital to building a thriving community-engaged learning environment. Explore some of the ways you can get involved and contribute to this vibrant learning community.