No doubt, creating an undergraduate Community-Based Learning Course will take time and commitment. Our hope is that the CBL resources that we provide will help show you that CBL courses are successful, enriching, and can be done with ease. Your commitment to CBL will have great payoff, not only to you and your students, but the greater Baltimore community. Check out the resources below.
Universities Involved in CBL
There are several other universities across the country who are already involved in CBL. Take a look at what they are doing to give you some ideas of how you can create your own CBL course:
- Duke University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Princeton University
- Stanford University
- University of Pennsylvania
- Brown University
- Cornell University
- University of Notre Dame
- Rice University
- Washington University in St. Louis
Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) National Program
At eighteen universities across the country, including Purdue, Dartmouth, and Princeton, EPICS programs “integrate highly mentored, long-term, large-scale, team-based, multidisciplinary design projects into the undergraduate engineering curriculum. Teams work closely with a not-for-profit organization in the community. They define, design, build, test, deploy and support projects that significantly improve the organization’s ability to serve the community.” This is an excellent source for engineering community-based learning projects in need of ideas.
CBL Example Syllabi
Faculty at institutions of higher education across the country, and in dozens of disciplines, successfully paired academic learning with service to the community. At some universities, the model is called “service-learning” or “academically-based community service” or “community-based learning and research”.
For the largest list of complete community-based learning course syllabi, searchable by discipline, visit the Campus Compact Syllabi page.
The Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania maintains a list of the extensive number of CBL courses offered at UPenn each semester. Course descriptions can be found by visiting the UPenn website.
CBL Reading List
The Johns Hopkins Library has compiled a reading list for faculty who are in various stages of involvement with CBL. The PDF Document: reading list includes topics on best practices of service-learning, engaged campus and institutionalizing service‐learning, multicultural service-learning, community-based resource, and several other topics. All resources are available at the Johns Hopkins Library System.
CBL Lectures and Workshops
The CSC offers lectures and workshops on Community-Based Learning topics. These events are open to the Johns Hopkins community and area institutions, but they can also help you. These sessions are free of charge and are usually held in the spring. We will be updating the Community-Based Learning Workshops and Lectures events page as new events are planned.