Project Models for CBL
Community-Based Learning fosters a civic-mindset among students and is viewed as an integral component of student success. Simply stated, CBL involves participation in “learning through action,” “leaning through doing” or “learning which is processed, analyzed, and reflected upon.” It also involves “active learning” which ranges in scope from encouraging application and integration to understanding self and others to developing new or deepening values. Students examine issues in real-world settings; and, through hands-on participation, they apply their knowledge, skill, and critical thinking to address these situations. Community-Based Learning encourages students to examine complex ideas and to critically evaluate “real world” situations while “linking” discipline theories and concepts, along with course lectures and readings.
On-Site Participation (OSP)
Students, working alone or in groups, “serve” a minimum of ten (10) hours at one of over 50 Approved non-profit sites located in the Santa Clarita, Antelope or San Fernando Valleys. Hours are connected to a structured and meaningful course assignment. Projects vary with disciplines; however, students physically complete hours at the organizational site. Please note that each of these sites has established a COC Board of Trustees’ approved agreement with the College. Students CANNOT receive On-Site Participation credit for hours performed at Non-Approved sites. (If students identify a community site in which they would like to add to CBL’s Approved Agency list, please contact Dr. Patty Robinson at patty.robinson@canyons or the CBL Office at COC-CBL@canyons.edu.)
Project/Problem-Based Learning (PBL)
Students spend a minimum of ten (10) hours examining a local social issue by engaging in research and data collection, especially addressing issues that most reflect their personal interests and values. The diagram below illustrates the seven principles of PBL, whether through qualitative or quantitative methodologies. (Please note that faculty can incorporate in-class hours into this total, since students may use class time to work on projects, etc.) Students, working alone or in groups, “investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem or challenge” with a focus on community and culture. Hours are connected to a structured and meaningful course assignment. Project/Problem-Based Learning involves seven key points shown below (See https://www.bie.org/), ranging from providing students with a “challenging question” to “recognizing their work publically.” The kinds of research topics are endless. Students can participate, for example, in library or archival research combined with interviews, oral histories, content analyses, etc. They have the ability to collect information from around the community, as well as to take advantage of gathering information from Approved non-profit sites. (If students identify a community site in which they would like to add to CBL’s Approved Agency list, please contact Dr. Patty Robinson at patty.robinson@canyons or the CBL Office at COC-CBL@canyons.edu.)
Overall, the goal of Project/Problem-Based Learning is to analyze materials and reflect upon ways to address the social issue through a formal outcome (e.g., paper, oral presentation, performance, art work, etc.) which is reported to the class and/or community. Ideally, students can also use their local findings to examine the national or global aspects of the topic, which allows for a broader understanding of the issue.
Community Volunteer (CV)
The Community Volunteer model promotes the use of service hours independent of classroom lectures or assignments. This focus is designed to assist approved community partners with service-related events, which may run one or more days. This choice is often more appropriate for faculty who wish to offer students extra-credit opportunities. Student participation as a Community Volunteer at Approved non-profit sites, especially with regard to one- or multiple-day events, is very much encouraged as an extra-credit option. In addition, it provides a way for student clubs to engage members in CBL.
Students cannot receive CBL hours for service performed at Non-Approved organizations. (If students identify a community site in which they would like to add to CBL’s Approved Agency list, please contact Dr. Patty Robinson at patty.robinson@canyons or the CBL Office at COC-CBL@canyons.edu.)