Faculty orientation: We have found that classes are most successful for all parties involved (instructor, students, and community partners) when instructors are able to adequately prepare students before entering into a community and follow good standards of practice. We will require all grant recipients to attend an orientation session covering crucial information that will include: cultural awareness training for students, understanding power dynamics between campus and community, and how to utilize the support resources available through the Morgridge Center.
Student training: Allow class time for a module led by MCPS staff or yourself on preparing students to work in communities.
Present: Participate and share your experiences with other interested instructors at a Morgridge Center “Engaged Scholarship Roundtable” in the year following the course.
Course Evaluation Report: All recipients are required to provide the Morgridge Center for Public Service with a report within 60 days of the end of the course. This information helps us understand what successes and challenges you had with your course to better support all community-based learning courses. It also helps us to tell the story of your course so we can strengthen our advocacy for community-based learning courses on campus. The report should include:
- Total number of students enrolled, including any demographic data you might have about your students.
- A list of the community partners you worked with as part of your course, if there were any changes from your initial grant proposal.
- A brief description of the course as well as its learning objectives/outcomes.
- A brief description of lessons learned – what worked well and what could be improved – along with best practices developed that can contribute to our larger knowledge of community-based learning.
- Community impacts and how these were assessed.
Optional but appreciated:
- Names and contact information of students willing to provide testimonials regarding their experience for inclusion on our website or other materials.
- High resolution (300 dpi) photos of students and class events.
- Documentation related to publicity/press coverage related to the course.