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Resources for Community-Based (Service-Learning) Faculty during COVID-19

Virtual Engagement Ideas:


In some cases, students’ community-engaged work may be able to shift in ways that still meet community needs and learning outcomes. Here are a few ideas (from California State University – Northridge):

  • conducting background research or gathering best practices or other information requested the partner(s)
  • taping, recording, or streaming performances or workshops to benefit community partner(s)
  • creating digital and other social media content, print program materials, or other methods for information-sharing
  • undertaking assessment, evaluation, or feedback via phone or web-based services;
  • offering (or compiling, researching, or brainstorming) strategies that provide indirect support from volunteers as a result of coronavirus
  • conducting virtual or phone-based educational supports for youth and adults

If work with an existing partner is not possible, you may be able to find suitable opportunities through these channels:

Non-CBL ways to connect your course to the community (from Portland State University)

  • Think about what organizations and businesses are impacted by COVID-19.  Perhaps some of them would benefit from positive Google or Yelp reviews if the students have interacted with them?

Things People in Our Communities Might Need in These Times

  • Healthy people who can go to the grocery store for them and doorstep deliver groceries for them
  • Google Hangout/Facetime conversations to counteract the physical social isolation
  • Extra craft/art supplies, books, videos for families with kids at home
  • A kind note/letter to organizations serving communities of color who may be facing xenophobic reactions
  • Interruption of xenophobic reactions on social media or in conversations
  • Calls or emails to elected officials to advocate on behalf of needs in this time
  • Check-ins with folks you know are living alone and/or are isolating or in quarantine
  • Notes of thanks to those in leadership roles or in positions that are not able to stay home. 

Teaching Resource Links:

·         Reflection questions from Loyola University Chicago Center for Experiential Learning

·         Community Engaged Teaching during Suspension of Face-to-Face Classes

·         Advance HE Webinar: “Utilizing Service-Learning Projects in an Online Class”

·         Facing History and Ourselves Corona Virus Teachers Resource Page

·         Vanderbilt's Teaching in a Time of Crisis

·         CSUN's Academic Continuity Page

·         CSUN's Teaching Through Disruption

Digital Webinars:

·         March 18, 2020 7pm EDT School Closures and Online Learning: Creating Community, Centering Students with Justin Reich, director of the MIT Teaching Systems Lab

·         March 25, 2020 6pm EDT Coronavirus: Maintaining Healthy Schools and Preparing for Online Learning with  AFT Director of Health Care, Kelly Trautner and AFT Director of Share My Lesson, Kelly Booz.

·         March 26, 2020 4pm EDT Coronavirus: Teaching Complex Current Events and Supporting Student Well-Being with PBS NewsHour Extra and the AFT.

Additional Information:

·         COVID-19 Information