Project Description

This session includes multiple presentations. Timestamps are indicated in parentheses so you can forward to the presentation you want to view.

Developing Accessible and Mutually-Beneficial Remote/Virtual Comm. Engagement Learning Opportunities (00:00)

Presented by California State University, Sacramento

This Best Practice Session will explore issues significant in providing engaging and accessible learning opportunities for students who are enrolled in remote or virtual service-learning courses and/or academic internships. Specifically, we will share ideas generated from a Faculty Learning Community discussion of this topic. Some of the specific issues pertaining to access and engagement include: collaborating with students, community partners, and university units (e.g., Services to Students with Disabilities, or similar office) to meet students’ accommodation needs; navigating site requirements (e.g., background checks) that raise equity issues; and special considerations related to ensuring that virtual or remote experiential learning is accessible to all. Presenters will highlight considerations and strategies for navigating these issues, and will engage attendees in sharing issues, ideas, or solutions. Key takeaways will include actionable strategies for developing accessible community engagement learning opportunities. This workshop is intended for faculty, staff, or administrators who are engaged in or support service-learning, academic internship, and/or other experiential learning courses.

From Service to Self-Reflection: Taking an Introductory Civic Engagement Course Online (20:40)

Presented by Drexel University

CIVC 101 (Introduction to Civic Engagement) is an introductory course required for all Drexel undergraduate students that explores concepts of civic engagement, social change, relationships, social issues, identity, community, and justice. Traditionally, this class includes a service requirement that sends students to volunteer with Philadelphia nonprofits so they can connect class concepts with experiences. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we had to abruptly pivot the service requirement to a new model of giving students “proximity” to social issues and people outside their usual community. In this session, we will share and give attendees insight into how we preserved the basic tenets of community-based learning without relying on physical proximity to communities. Attendees will learn about the foundations of community-based learning and gain tools for pivoting foundational elements into remote spaces.