Community-based Engaged Learning
Community-based Engaged Learning (C-bEL) experiences are opportunities for Georgia College students to contribute to the public good by addressing community issues. ALL C-bEL experiences ...
- integrate theory and practice.
- provide direct community experiences for GC students.
- include mutually beneficial collaborations with community partners.
- engage students in critical reflection.
A growing list of literature and other resources is available on the ENGAGE blog.
Dr. Sandra Godwin, Sociology, co- teaches a course entitled "Art & Social Justice" with Valerie Aranda, Art. This course explores social theories of empowerment and community life and the way the visual arts, especially public murals, convey citizens’ history, values and aspirations. Pre- and post-course surveys relative to engaged scholarship and ongoing reflective writing and discussion provide for student dialogue about their learning. This year, students in the class are working with a neighborhood where residents are revitalizing their community with a neighborhood garden, fitness trails and community center programs. The students will collaborate with citizens to design and paint a mural. Dr. Godwin says, "I am really excited about this course, especially since this year we have the opportunity to be a pilot course for the Quality Enhancement Plan. This semester, compared to the previous times we have taught the course, we will more formally assess student's learning as a result of their collaboration with community members on a mural project.”