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Community Engaged Learning involves fostering mutually beneficial partnerships that enhance student learning, address societal concerns, and improve quality of life by co-creating partnerships that meet community needs.

Community Engagement in Teaching and Learning

Community Engaged Learning (CEL) is a classroom to community relationship that involves Academically-based community engaged courses where student learning takes place in partnership with a community organization/business. The student has course content related reflection and/or faculty mentorship that enhances student learning while also providing a service to the partnering agency. There are two types of Community Engaged Learning: Community Engagement in Research and Scholarship and Community Engagement in Teaching and Learning.

Community Engagement in Teaching and Learning is a strategy that uses reflection to link community needs with academic course objectives to enrich the educational experience of students, teach civic responsibility and meet the needs of the community. Teaching a Community Engaged Learning course is just one option for instructors interested in connecting with communities.

These activities include, but are not limited to: service-learning, field visit/experience, guest speakers, event planning, job shadow, problem-based learning, internships, preceptorship, externship, clinicals, student teaching, course-based volunteering, experiential learning, product development/design, program development/design, and independent study.

Contact us!

Lisa Klein, Community Engagement Coordinator



Visit us!

UWL Office of Community Engagement
Cleary Alumni & Friends Center, Room 104
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601