Teach an Engaged Learning Course
Faculty interested in developing courses that meet the new Engaged Learning Core Curriculum requirement should contact Dr. Rebecca Flavin, Director of Engaged Learning Curriculum, to discuss course goals, objectives, pedagogical strategies, and potential community partnerships.
Through engaged learning courses, faculty and students discover opportunities to cultivate their scholarly interests and address real-world challenges. Bridging the classroom to the world beyond it, these courses create opportunities for immersion, application, and engagement—both locally and globally—and provide students opportunities to apply their emerging academic expertise to the public good.
Engaged learning courses are deeply rewarding to teach. Many faculty are drawn to the opportunity to make learning come to life as they help students apply academic concepts to real challenges. Through robust, often durable partnerships, these courses also present a chance for faculty to make deep impact not just on their students, but also on the surrounding world.
Recognizing these fulfilling rewards, we also know that engaged learning courses can seem daunting to develop. While the desire is strong, many faculty members do not know where to start. The Office of Engaged Leaning (OEL) is here to alleviate any trepidation, working with faculty in all disciplines to forge partnerships, develop pedagogy, and tailor learning toward outcomes that serve our students, our communities, and the common good.
Engaged Learning Distribution List (EL DL) Course Development Process
Distinct from other curricular action, EL DL submissions require multiple steps to account for the various components of engaged learning. The OEL supports faculty as they develop engaged learning courses for formal submission through traditional curricular action processes. Course development and approval for the EL DL occurs in three phases.
Phase I. Development (faculty work with OEL)
Phase II. Submission (submission and approval through curricular action and A&S committees)
Phase III. Implementation (faculty work with OEL)
Timelines and Important Deadlines
Beginning December 1st, 2023, faculty may begin the Course Development Phase by submitting an EL DL Course Development Proposal. While OEL will review proposals and consult with faculty year-round, we recommend submitting an initial Course Development Proposal no later than December 1st for a course that might be taught the following academic year.