Campus Engage – Community Engaged Learning

Duration 25 hours
Available as Self-Study


The Campus Engage Community Engaged Learning course is an introductory course, exploring the basic concepts and practical steps on how to integrate community engaged learning into any teaching curriculum.

Community engaged learning is a form of experiential education with a community engagement for societal impact underpinning. Students gain academic credit for engaging and reflecting on a learning experience or piece of research in partnership with a community organisation. This allows students to explore ‘real life’ problem solving, their future role as a professional, and how they can contribute to address Irish, EU and international societal challenges.

The course is built around a series of video tutorials, solo and group activities, a selection of academic and grey reading material, and online case studies with community partners, students and academics.

Why you should take this course?

  • Enhance your teaching by providing students with practical experience of applying academic learning in a real-world setting with community-based organisations.
  • Contribute to students learning outcomes across citizenship, team work, effective communication, leadership, empathy and enhance their social capital.
  • Network with community partners to open up new learning and research projects, interdisciplinary funding opportunities, or publications. No prior experience with community organisations is necessary to take this course.
  • Walk away with a plan and tools to develop learning outcomes, assessment techniques, learning agreements, process guides, and case studies of successful projects.
  • Become part of a national Campus Engage network of community engaged teaching and research practitioners.
  • Get recognition of your CEL activities for institutional promotional criteria

You’ll Learn to

  • Discuss the concept of Community Engaged Learning (what it is and isn’t).
  • Develop strategies for community partnerships.
  • Prepare a plan for a Community Engaged Learning experience.
  • Identify opportunities for Community Engaged Learning.

On earning your open badge award for this course, you will have achieved further recognition in the following domains of the National Professional Development Framework for Staff who Teach:

  • Domain 3 Professional Communication and Dialogue emphasises the importance of excellent, clear and coherent communication skills within the changing learning environment.
  • Domain 4 Professional Knowledge and Skills ensures the individual remains current in terms of their professional/disciplinary knowledge and can implement teaching, learning and assessment approaches which promote active learning and are underpinned by a strong evidence base.

Course Developers

This open course has been developed by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in partnership with Campus Engage.

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This open course is offered in two different versions of study, facilitator led or self-study.

Facilitator-led courses run at different times throughout the year and result in a digital badge. Some are entirely online, some are blended, and others face-to-face. Additional facilitator training may be provided so that you can later facilitate your own open course.

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Learn at your own pace with our on demand courses that are available online all-year-round. Self-study courses offer an on demand alternative and may result in a digital badge through our triad system of peer supported learning.

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