What is a community-based learning course?
In community-based learning (CBL) courses, experiences with an off-campus community are deeply integrated with classroom learning, course assignments, and learning outcomes. CBL courses involve significant participation in a community or interaction with community issues, concerns, or needs. This participation typically goes beyond simply observation or field trips to educational institutions like museums, botanical gardens, or zoos. The emphasis in all CBL courses will be on promoting learning through interaction with off-campus communities. Although direct or indirect service will often be a component of CBL courses, this will not always be the case. Many independent studies and academic internships are community-based learning courses, as are many of the courses taken through Lawrence's off-campus study programs.