CEL Course Designation

CEL Course Designation

Instructors and departments can designate courses as service-learning or community-engaged. The designation notates the course listing as community-engaged in the schedule of classes, helping students find these special classes. The designation also provides a means to track curricular community-engaged activity, for both internal and external reporting.


Key features of Community-Engaged Learning include:

  • Engagement with a community, addressing a community-identified need and giving  opportunities to address and examine social and civic issues arising from the engagement
  • Reciprocity guiding partnerships and undergirding course design to achieve benefits for students, faculty, and community
  • Complete Integration of the community engaged experience throughout the course to enhance student learning
  • Reflection that is regular, ongoing, and critical to help students link community-engaged learning experiences to their understanding of course content,  community, and themselves
  • Opportunities to examine and develop civic skills and competencies (civic knowledge; analytic skills; and participatory and involvement skills) and civic engagement (motivations, attitudes, and efficacy; democratic norms and values; and participation and activities)
  • Assessment for course improvement and to document effect of student learning experiences on community 

You can receive the designation by completing the 2018-2019 Service-Learning Course Designation. To maintain an accurate list, designations are applied each semester. 

The Service-Learning Program sends reminders via the service-learning listserv. To add yourself to the mailing list, send an email message to service-learningiu-subscribe@list.indiana.edu.