Community – Based Learning

The benefits of Community-Based Learning are abundant.  This model of learning is becoming more prominent in Canadian education and is being researched and developed on an ongoing basis.  Here are a few benefits that some of our partners are reporting:

Student Benefit:

  • Increased feelings of self-efficacy
  • Integration of class theory
  • Increased problem solving, planning and communication skills
  • Improved team work
  • Clarity about career goals
  • Increased community engagement
  • Increased academic achievement and interest in education
  • Improved employment opportunities

Host Organization Benefit:

  • Help prioritize services and fulfill true organizational need
  • Cost effective business practice
  • Increased staff diversity
  • Partnership with University
  • Input into student teachings
  • Volunteer and/or employee recruitment

University Benefit:

  • Increased student retention through engaged learners
  • Expanded program mission and values
  • Access to current ideas and energy/enthusiasm in the field
  • Increased community partnership and visibility
  • Enhanced quality of graduates

Societal Benefit:

  • Increased quality of education and service to community members
  • Resource sharing
  • Production of responsible citizens
  • Increase preparedness of university graduates