IT Carlow Community Based Learning

Contact: Brian Hand,

Community based learning is a 30 wk long module for third year fine art students at the Wexford Campus School of art and Design. This is a course about civic engagement and active participation in the social and community environment of Wexford. The course aims to foster greater appreciation amongst learners of the issues and needs of their local community. Students research and apply to work with a variety of organisations as citizen volunteers. Students attend a weekly lecture and computer lab session in semester 1 and a weekly lectures in semester 2 when they are working in the field with various groups and organisations. The lab sessions are to help the students use discusssion boards in Blackboard and to work with blogging. Students on this module attain the skills of working with online discussion boards, e-portfolios and internet blogging for critical reflection. Lectures are part traditional and part active learning sessions where students engage in role play and image based research methods. The course commenced in 2008 and has grown each year in scope and application.


Discipline: Arts and Humanities
Institution: Wexford campus IT Carlow
Activity: Service Learning/Community Based Learning

Additional Information

Academic Discipline: Art
Module Title: Community Based Learning
Typical number of students: 25
Year(s) of Programme: 3rd Year Students
Credits (ECTs): 5
Mandatory: Yes
Assessment method: This course is 100% continuous assessment. The assessment will consist of student contributions to online discussions (20%), an e-portfolio (40%), selection from reflective blog (30%) attendance and participation (10%).
First established: 2008
Typical number of hours: 2 hours lectures and lab for 30 weeks
Learning outcomes: On successful completion of this course students should be able to 
• Reflect on distinctions between public services and private services, government funded and the not for profit sector
• Monitor and discuss public events and issues related to their local community organisations
• Communicate personal and critical reflections within a group both face to face and online through a VLE
• Create a blog and e-portfolio
• Work with others to define a common objective
• Engage in and reflect on role play activities in the classroom.
• Create and follow a work plan to accomplish a goal
• Demonstrate the ability to recognise that there are multiple perspectives on issues
Case study website/link: none as yet
Community Partners: Students select different organisations to work and each year new partnerships happen, the list is long but for example students have worked with: The Southend Family Resource Centre, Raheen Family Resource Centre, Hope Cancer Support Centre, Enniscorthy, Art Alongside, Wexford County Libraries, Wexford County Council.


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