Designing a Course

Consult with the Morgridge Center for Public Service. Our faculty and academic staff are available to meet one-on-one with faculty/ instructional staff to assist in the design, development and implementation of community-based learning courses.

Contact: Kathy Cramer, Faculty Director at 608-262-0787 or kathy.cramer@wisc.edu

Contact: Beth Tryon, Assistant Director for CBL at 608-890-3334 or etryon@wisc.edu


Request a Community-based Learning Fellow. Undergraduate fellows are assigned to a special faculty/instructional staff member for at least one semester to assist in planning and implementation of a community-based learning course. Click here to learn more about CBL Fellows.

Apply for a Course Development Grant. The Morgridge Center for Public Service provides grants up to $5,000 to assist faculty/instructional staff in the development and implementation of a new CBL course or to add a CBL component to an existing course. Click here for more information.


Sample Syllabi & Other Resources

Click here to find sample community-based learning syllabi from Campus Compact.


Finding Community Partners

The VolunteerYourTime.org database lists over 300 local non-profit organizations and associated volunteer opportunities.

Community shares of Wisconsin lists 52 member agencies dedicated to social, economic and environmental issues and is a great resource for finding a community partner.

The Wisconsin Idea Exchange
is an interactive database designed to help community groups and UW-Madison faculty and staff find collaborative community-based learning and research projects.

Morgridge Center for Public Service Staff
can provide assistance identifying local organizations that may meet your particular needs.

Student Transportation

The Transportation Options program is run by the Morgridge Center for Public Service and provides community-based learning students with cab rides to eligible sites at no cost to the student. 

Every student has access to a free bus pass through the Associated Students of Madison. Please investigate bus opportunities before inquiring about cab options.