The Five Key Elements of CBL

Every community-based learning course includes these five elements. An understanding of these elements is what guides course development and successful community/campus collaboration. Click on each to learn more and access pedagogical resources.

Read about the four types of CBL classes and see examples for each.

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Collaboration and Reciprocity

Community partners, faculty, and/or students collaboratively define and act upon expectations, goals, and learning outcomes through a learning agreement or similar tool. Partnerships are respectful, balanced, and benefit everyone involved.

Community Impact

Course makes a positive contribution to or produces value-added outcome for the community partner(s). To that end, the course is included on the student/community engagement database, and the faculty and community partner(s) maintain a feedback loop about progress toward community impact goals.