Shining the Light: Project and Community-based Experiential Learning


Collaboratory’s Shining the Light series highlights the amazing work of our institutional partners and shares examples of community engagement and public service activities captured in Collaboratory. 

Recognizing that community engagement is an integral strategy through which campuses contribute to and achieve the mission and goals of their institutions, this series is guided by the Benefits of Civic and Community Engagement Primer co-edited by Collaboratory’s own Kristin Medlin and published by our partners, North Carolina Campus Compact’s Community of Practice, Inquiry & Learning (COPIL).

The primer:

  • Assembles evidence of how civic and community engagement (CCE), when done well, contributes to the overarching goals of higher education
  • Highlights the range of CCE activities occurring in community-campus partnerships throughout the state of North Carolina
  • Provides a tool to aid in deepening the practice of engagement, and
  • Makes the case for investment in and commitment to CCE

This installment of Shining the Light features community-based experiential learning opportunities hosted by institutions across the Collaboratory network.

Pressing Matters: Printmaking, Self-Advocacy, and Community Activism

Math Camp 2019 March 9 Napoleon

A full-day event led by teacher candidates in BGSU’s School of Teaching and Learning and volunteers from the College of Education and Human Development.  This Math Camp provided elementary school students with opportunities to engage in enjoyable collaborative problem-solving tasks, apply their mathematical skills in creative ways, and build confidence in their mathematical and general academic abilities.  Students solve mathematical puzzles, engage in mathematical games, sing, and dance, all while applying their knowledge and problem-solving skills to bring about their team’s success in each task.  Through this service learning opportunity BGSU teacher candidates are charged with all the important elements of schooling — the teacher candidates enact their plans to take care of all students’ emotional, academic, nutritional, and physical needs throughout the duration of the camp.

School of Pharmacy and School of Law Advocacy Trip to Capitol Hill

Writing Grants with the Sculpture Trails

The Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum is an active operation supported almost entirely by volunteer efforts.  Students in Laura Littlepage’s human resources class develop plans for volunteer management to assist the nonprofit.

Therapeutic Horseback Riding Camp

Service Learning Project: Fostering Technology-enhanced, Culturally Responsive Family Engagement for Supporting Emergent Bilingual Children’s Literacy Learning

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