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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.
Contributed by blog editor Tania Smith, Assistant Professor of Communications Studies at the University of Calgary.
Normally “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