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This category contains profiles of service-learning courses, community partners, instructors, students, and community members. Articles on contemporary social and political issues and concerns relevant to service-learning. (For research articles and best-practices articles, see our website.)

Volunteer Calgary Launches New Program: Community Service Learning
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On October 19, 2011, Volunteer Calgary, in partnership with the University of Calgary and Cenovus Energy, officially launched our Community Service Learning program at a breakfast reception at the University of Calgary. Over 70 stakeholders were present, including students, faculty, non-profit organizations, leaders in post-secondary education and our CSL corporate partner, Cenovus Energy.

Dr. Ryan Lee, Interim Vice Provost (students) from the University of Calgary, kicked off the morning by sharing a few of the key benefits that students gain by participating in this type of program, acknowledging that CSL students are more likely to graduate and are better equipped

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Community Campus Partnerships: What Makes Them Work? Symposium Report
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On May 10, 2011 the Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning sponsored a CUExpo pre-conference symposium.  Over 50 participants gathered to consider the elements of making community-campus partnerships effective.

Randy Stoecker, Professor at Wisconsin University and co-editor of Unheard Voices, started the day off with an engaging presentation on considerations to take into account when documenting outcomes for nascent communities and communities of place, identify, and practice.

Jane Hennig, Volunteer Centre Kitchener-Waterloo, Karen Swartz, Professor Carleton University, and Maxine Dubuc, Manager, Community-Based Learning & Career Development  shared their research and perspectives on measuring outcomes from institutional, community and student perspectives.

The

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Corporate and government involvement in service-learning
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Contributed by blog editor Tania Smith, Assistant Professor of Communications Studies at the University of Calgary.

CalgaryNormally “service-learning” involves partnership with a community-based organization, NGO, or civil society organization whose central mission is to serve civil society and to educate the public about particular issues, people, cultures or activities.

Service and learning may also be effectively combined when supported by, led, or hosted by organizations other than community organizations.  Service-learning may be an initiative within a “Corporate Social Responsibility” framework.

Service-learning very often depends on the funding and collaborative involvement of  corporate and government partners in order to maintain operational

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Dalhousie Pharmacy Investigates Graduate Service-Learning
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Background

Dalhousie UniversityService-learning, “an educational methodology which combines community service with explicit academic learning objectives, preparation for community work, and deliberate reflection” (Gelmon et al 2006), is not often used in graduate education in pharmacy.

Over the past decade, the College of Pharmacy at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada has provided a 4-month residency program in Drug Use Management and Policy for graduate students from a broad spectrum of faculties, including Community Health and Epidemiology, Health Informatics, Health Administration/Law, Library Science, Economics, Psychology, Health services Research, Interdisciplinary Studies and Pharmacy Administration.

Each resident is placed with a preceptor in a

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University of Calgary and Volunteer Calgary Web Content
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From January to April 2011, the Communications Studies 463 course taught by Tania Smith at the University of Calgary partnered with Volunteer Calgary and the university’s Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL) to create website content on the topic of  service-learning.

This project, essentially, engaged a service-learning course to create communications about past local service-learning partnerships and experiences.

In the service-learning course, all 21 students participated in projects. Twelve students worked on web content for Volunteer Calgary, and nine students worked on web content for the Center for Community Engaged Learning. Students worked in teams of 4-5 students, each with

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