COMMUNITY-BASED LEARNING Course Designation
Academic Service-Learning (ASL) and Community-Engaged Learning (CEL)
Thoughtful and rigorous research indicates that both ASL and CEL are highly effective teaching practices beneficial for students of varied backgrounds. In fact, the AACU has identified service-learning as a high impact educational practice. As a nation-wide norm, colleges and universities designate Service-Learning courses which meet agreed upon standards vetted by the field's expert practitioners and faculty members from their respective institutions. Thus, designating Binghamton University ASL and CEL courses will bring the institution closer to compliance with national engagement standards and eligibility for high level awards and recognitions. In addition to highlighting the rigor and benefits of ASL & CEL instruction, designation of these courses raises awareness about the significant effort being made by faculty, schools and departments on campus to enhance student learning and deepen university-community engagement. ASL & CEL designation also allows students to make informed and intentional decisions in selecting courses that engage the community. Offering ASL & CEL designated courses brings Binghamton closer to becoming an "Engaged University of the 21st Century."
ASL or CEL? Determining which designation is right for your course(s)
Academic Service-Learning (ASL) is an academic course characterized by all of the following conditions: credit-bearing with required student participation in an organized direct or indirect service activity or project that meets a community need and is connected to course content and specific learning outcome(s) with structured reflection and evaluation.
Community Engaged Learning (CEL) is a credit-bearing academic course in which students are involved in a community setting such that the experience is linked to course content, enriches learning, and benefits the community in some way.
(Both definitions adapted from Eyler & Giles, 1999)