CEL Course Designation

Community-Engaged Learning and Course Designation

Instructors and departments can designate courses as service-learning or community-engaged. The designation is intended as a way for campus to track CEL classes and to communicate best practice for curricular community-engagement. Courses are listed in the Special Course Listings, maintained by the Office of the Registrar, and in the course notes section in iGPS.

You can receive the designation by completing the 2020-2021 Community-Engaged Learning Course Designation

Key features of Community-Engaged Learning are:

  • 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 

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.