Community-based learning courses are a great opportunity to explore a subject and make a positive difference for our community.
Steps for Students Enrolled in a Community-Based Learning Course
Find a local community organization to work with.
Some instructors arrange this for you and provided contact information in class.
Some instructors provide a list of suggested organizations for you to contact.
If you need to find a service site on your own, resources are available here.
Allow time for this step and start right away. You may need to contact a number of organizations before you find a good fit. Additionally, some community partners require interviews, resumes, recommendations or a criminal background check.
Meet with the staff person who will be supervising you at your selected service site.
Discuss the tasks you will do, what you hope to learn, and expectations regarding training, supervision, and feedback.
Discuss your schedule. Keep in mind Mason breaks and any time-consuming class projects or exams you may prefer to schedule around.
If your instructor requires it, complete the Community-Based Learning Agreement and Project Description and obtain your site supervisor’s signature. If you are serving in a student team, only one form is required for the whole group.
Submit your supervisor’s name and email to CECIL via the Online Community-Based Learning Information form.
Submit a signed Community Based Learning Consent and Release Agreement to your instructor.
Begin your project.
Please dress and behave appropriately. You represent Mason.
Maintain a written timesheet of your service.
If you are going to miss a scheduled service date or if you drop the course, please notify your supervisor immediately.
End of semester evaluations.
At the end of the semester, complete a confidential online evaluation of your experience.
Your supervisor will complete an evaluation of you as well, which will be shared with your instructor.