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Civic Learning Institute

Each spring the Office of Civic Engagement conducts a faculty “Civic Learning Institute” (CLI), a two- or three-day seminar/workshop for faculty, students, and community partners interested in enhancing their ability to incorporate into their courses “real-world” experiences that increase student interest in and comprehension of course content while preparing them to become responsible and effective members of their community and society. Specifically, the annual CLI helps participants

  • Explore models and best practices for service/civic learning.
  • Apply research findings on student learning to service/civic learning activities.
  • Identify opportunities for students to benefit the community while enhancing their understanding of course content.
  • Determine how to strengthen the connection between academic knowledge, attitudes, and skills and their civic counterparts.
  • Plan, implement, and assess course modifications that advance the aims of service/civic learning.
  • Achieve course student learning outcomes through guided reflection on their experience of participating in community-based activities;
  • Initiate and sustain productive conversations with colleagues about the concepts, principles, and methods of combining civic and academic learning for mutual advantage.

The 2012 Civic Learning Institute will be held May 24th - 25th. The agenda will feature contributions from Merith Weisman of Sonoma State University and Tasha Souza of Humboldt State University.

The 2012 CLI is open to faculty (including part-time instructors), students, and community members. For details contact Michael Briand at 898-5486 or