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Faculty Development Workshops


The Center for Community-Engaged Learning offers faculty development workshops and individual consultations with faculty and instructors currently teaching with service-learning/community engagement and for those who are interested in doing so in the future. For more information or to schedule an individual consultation, please contact Laurel Hirt, hirtx002@umn.edu or 612-625-3344.

Developing Effective Reflection Assignments

Critical reflection is the cornerstone of effective academic service-learning and yet assignments are often broad and vague creating student writing that is also vague and underdeveloped.  In this session, we will discuss best practices for designing reflection assignments based on a year-long research project in partnership with the Center for Writing.  

Assessing the Impact of Service-Learning on Your Students

Creating quality reflection assignments is a critical first step in facilitating students' learning from service-learning experiences.  But once you have your students reflect, how do you grade these assignments?  How do you assess whether or not they have achieved your learning objectives?  In this workshop we will review examples of student reflection and discuss how to develop and communicate criteria or rubrics for reflective assignments to help ensure that service-learning is impacting your students' learning in the ways that you hope.

Place-Based, Community Engaged Teaching, Learning and Scholarship - Northside Orientation and Opportunities

 This day-long workshop will include conversations with neighborhood leaders, transportation to and tours of a series of local North Minneapolis community organizations, lunch from a local restaurant, opportunities to network with other faculty and a panel of University colleagues who will share their experiences with community and place-based engagement and how it works in their classes or as part of their research agenda. The Center for Community-Engaged Learning is partnering with community engagement staff from the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) to host this one-day faculty development workshop.