Service-Learning in Ireland
Based within the Irish Universities Association, Campus Engage supports Irish universities to embed, scale and promote civic and community engagement across staff and student teaching, learning and research. Achieving this in community-based learning and teaching (CBLT) is one specific strand of activity in Campus Engage.
As part of our CBLT strand activities, Campus Engage developed and delivered our ‘Participate Programme’ workshop in 2017 and 2018 to over 500 university staff, introducing them to the basic concepts of CBLT and motivating them to integrate it in to their own teaching and learning.
From the workshop evaluations and consultations with civic society organisations, it was recommended that Campus Engage redevelop the workshop content to offer online, offline, and blended learning, and to provide access to expert facilitators on campus. An additional recommendation was to expand the focus to academic and civic society organisation staff.
To achieve this, Campus Engage is currently working with the Irish National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (NFETL) to develop an online adaptation of the workshop. The National Forum works in partnership with students, staff and leaders in Irish higher education, to develop an inclusive, collaborative and innovative culture that maximises learning impact for the success of all students.
This short online course (25 learner hours) in CBLT will complement the growing suite of open access non-accredited courses provided through the NFETL. The design and curation of the courses is such there are a variety of entry points into professional development offerings. Completion of the course will lead to the awarding of a National Forum and Campus Engage CBLT digital badge. The course is being developed in Autumn 2019 and will be available at teachingandlearning.ie. Through this we aim to facilitate the use of CBLT in any curriculum, and further embed, scale and promote CBTL on campuses across Ireland.