Campus Engage colleagues present Community-based Learning Participate Programme to educators at Universal Design Conference Dublin Castle, November 2015.

Campus Engage colleagues present Community-based Learning Participate Programme to educators at Universal Design Conference Dublin Castle, November 2015.

On the 13th of November, 2015 Campus Engage colleagues presented the Participate Programme at a conference on Universal Design for Educators in Dublin Castle. The presentation was titled 'Applying accredited community-based learning and research in your curriculum: A step by step guide.'  It was delivered by Dr. Jamie Goggins CEng., BA., BAI., PhD (NUIG), Kate Morris (Campus Engage), Siobhan Long (Enable Ireland). 

Slides available here

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Student are seeking out courses that offer them accredited, experiential learning experiences, to build their transferable ‘work ready skills’, to explore their future role as a professional, and understand how they can contribute to addressing Irish, EU and international grand social challenges.

Community-based learning and research are forms of experiential education with a public engagement underpinning. In practice, what this means is that students gain academic credit for the learning they derive from engaging in and reflecting on a learning and/or research experience with community stakeholders.

In 2013-2015 a group of 13 experts in community-based learning and research process and methods came together to produce and pilot an Irish capacity building programme, the Campus Engage Participate Programme. The aim of the Programme and this workshop is to build the skills of higher education staff, students, and civil society organisations to incorporate processes and methods of community-based learning and research into their curriculum, and work plans.

During this workshop attendees were offered a take away toolkit containing implementation plans, learning outcome assessment technique resources, learning agreement samples, evaluation plans and case studies of successful community-based learning projects, to support their endeavours and realise potential impact.