Community Based Learning
Berry College strives to meet the renewed demand for higher education’s involvement in community. Faculty members across disciplines are linking academic instruction to community experience through the utilization of:
- Classroom service-learning projects,
- Community-based research, and
Anecdotal evidence from students proves that these “firsthand” experiences are deepening students’ understanding of the curriculum and offering them confidence in the professional skills they are developing.
Community Engagement Project Funding offers faculty members on continuing appointments the opportunity to apply for up to $500 to support community-based projects linked to specific academic courses.
Community-Based Learning Symposium will highlight community-based pedagogies and the benefits of linking classroom instruction to community experience. Sessions will present theoretical approaches to community-based learning and research, showcase current faculty initiatives, introduce Berry’s community partner organizations, and discuss community issues and problems. The day-long event is scheduled for Thursday, May 14, 2009. Jan Shoemaker, director of Louisiana State University’s Center for Community Engagement, Leadership and Learning, will be the featured presenter.
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Bonner Center Library houses a growing number of texts relative to service-learning and civic engagement in higher education.
Community Partner Agency Database stores organizational information, contact points, and service opportunities for Rome-Floyd County partner agencies.
Campus Compact - Campus Compact advances the public purposes of colleges and universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. The site provides hundreds of links divided into specific categories of service-learning.
National Service-Learning Clearinghouse - The Nation Service-Learning Clearinghouse (NSLC) is a program of Learn and Serve America and the Corporation for National and Community Service. NSLC provides timely information and relevant resources to support service-learning programs, practitioners, and researchers.
National Society of Experiential Learning - National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) is a nonprofit membership association of educators, businesses, and community leaders that serves as a national resource center for the development and improvement of experiential education programs nationwide.
Floyd County 211 Resource Directory - The Floyd County 211 Resource Directory includes approximately 150 health and human services resources for Rome-Floyd County in a searchable database.