Special Topics Series for Community Engaged Learning Practitioners


ATTENTION: Faculty, Academic Staff, and Instructors, new or experienced with community engaged learning. We invite you to participate in a Special Topics Series for Faculty Practitioners to discuss academic community engaged learning at MSU. Join us for the fall session(s) that make sense for you and invite a colleague or two!

Fall 2023

The following sessions will be offered in the Fall of 2023 to discuss academic community engaged learning at MSU:


Exploring the Social Change Wheel: Working Toward Anti-Racism, Equity, and an Expanded Definition of Community-Engaged Learning

  • Location: Via Zoom
  • Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2023 from 1:00 - 2:30 PM
  • Registration Deadline: Tuesday, September 19, 2023

In this workshop we will discuss definitions, tools, and resources related to the Social Change Wheel. Expand your definition of community-engaged learning through exploration of campus and community-based implementation strategies, which have anti-racism, equity, and community partnerships at their core.


Community Conversations: The Elements of Community Partnerships

  • Location: Via Zoom
  • Date: Monday, November 13, 2023 from 9:30 - 11:00 AM
  • Registration Deadline: Tuesday, November 10, 2023
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This session will discuss elements of strong partnerships to effectively co-create community engaged learning opportunities for students. Hear examples of successful faculty-community partnerships, discuss considerations for initiating and sustaining partnerships, and explore resources to assist you in partnership development or enhancement.


Community Engaged Learning in the Classroom: Rubrics, Reflections, and Resources

  • Location: Via Zoom
  • Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2023 from 1:00 - 2:30 PM
  • Registration Deadline: Tuesday, December 5, 2023
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This session will discuss creative examples, strategies for grading, and best practices for leading students to reflect upon and make meaning of their community-engaged learning experiences. Hear from faculty peers, dialogue with colleagues, and leave with new ideas to enhance student learning and complement your teaching practices.


Past Sessions


Getting Started: Support for Community-Engaged Learning at MSU

This session will discuss the support that the Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL) can provide to instructors in developing and enhancing course-based community-engaged learning opportunities for students. The gathering will include networking time for participants to connect with each other and share current and/or future project plans.

The Virtual Experience: Expand the Possibilities for Community Engaged Learning

This session will highlight formatting options for community engaged learning in the virtual setting. Join your colleagues for a discussion of opportunities and challenges, implications for community partnerships, and examples of successful practice.  

Shaping the Future: A Planning Session for Community Engaged Learning

Choose a tool or two and devote time to planning. This session will outline and provide effective tools for course design planning and provide working time to put pen to paper (or rather fingers to keyboard). Connect with Center for Community Engaged Learning staff and colleagues from across campus to ask questions and brainstorm as you shape or enhance community engaged learning experiences for your students in your very own virtual breakout room.

Democratic Engagement: Supporting Students as Engaged Citizens

This session will highlight democratic engagement and methods for including this community engaged learning strategy into your course experience. The session will include immediate takeaways for implementation this semester, as well as tools for designing future coursework.

The Community Engaged Learning Student Experience

This session will help practitioners think through the community engaged learning experience from the student perspective. What are the benefits and challenges for our students, and what is our responsibility as practitioners to ensure students are prepared? How can we really work toward a transformative learning experience?

Creating or Refining Your Community-Engaged Learning Syllabus

This session will discuss elements of designing a syllabus to outline the community-engaged learning experience and requirements, highlight community partnership, and build in reflection opportunities. We will draw from sample syllabi, templates, and peer testimonials to assist instructors in shaping plans for future courses.