CELR – remote learning resources
CELR in times of remote learning and social distancing
As we adjust to remote teaching and learning in the face of COVID-19, below are resources and ideas for embedding civic engagement and community-engaged learning and research into a remote learning environment: civic engagement, virtual volunteering, teaching CELR in online environments, COIL methods, and discussion and reflection articles.
Recommendations for integrating remote CELR projects
Shifting from in-person CELR
To remote CELR projects
|Planning your CELR integration with community partners||
|Invite partner(s) at beginning of class to provide an overview of their mission and project||
|Student CEL groups – often you can provide in class time for student groups to check in with each other if they were behind or not connecting with each other||
|Student groups working with community partner(s). Groups could sometime meet with their partners once or twice throughout the quarter at the partner site.||
|Invite partners at the end of the course to attend student final presentations.||
|Risk management and safety trainings||
See what messaging and partner survey went out to winter and spring community partners through Community-Engaged Learning and Research. We also encourage you to reach out to your partners to check-in and read their websites for updates.
Focus on civic engagement – Voting and Census
With the 2020 Census actively occurring and autumn elections around the corner, maintaining a focus on civic engagement is more important than ever. Here are opportunities to embed the 2020 Census count and voter registration as part of your course.
- Washington BUS
The Washington Bus engages young adults in voter registration, leadership development, and policy. WA BUS staff are excited to be invited as remote speakers to your class. They have developed workshops around understanding local politics and power, voter registration, voter suppression. Contact Libby Watson, WA BUS Colleges and Community Engagement Coordinator, at email@example.com if you would like to invite her to speak to your class.
Civic Action Projects for Your 100% Online Course from American Political Science Association
Resource for instructors adapting their courses for a 100% online environment – Spring 2020 menu of civic learning projects, as adapted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Virtual Volunteering & Projects
Create an assignment around students finding a virtual engagement project that connects to their community and course learning goals. Ask students to write a reflection paper connecting their virtual project to course concepts. Below are Washington entities that are tracking needs and posting opportunities:
United Way of King County
Volunteer opportunity list of safe ways to volunteer during COVID-19 social distancing.
Washington Covid19 Mutual Aid groups
Mutual aid systems are hyper-local systems of community support in which community members take responsibility for each other to ensure that everyone’s immediate needs are met.
The following are nine sites compile national to global remote volunteer opportunities digital archiving, research on global human rights violations, graphic design: 1. United Nations Volunteers, 2. Catchafire, 3. Smithsonian Digital Archives, 4. Amnesty International, 5. Translators without Borders, 6. Crisis Text Line, 7. Zooniverse, 8. Project Gutenberg, 9. DoSomething.org
Teaching CELR in online environments
While there are many examples of CELR in online courses, those were often constructed over a longer period of time and could still have students active face to face in their community. With this important caveat, here are some resources:
- Teach for Community Online
Fantastic website developed by Dr. Zapoura Newton-Calvert, faculty at Portland State University. She has compiled tools for teaching, student examples, and information on assessment of community-engaged learning in online environments.
- Continuing Community-Engaged Teaching During COVID 19
- Community Engagement and Remote Teaching: Reflections and Resources
- Service Learning Projects in Online Courses: Delivery Strategies
- E-Service Learning: The Evolution of Service-Learning to Engaged a Growing Online Student Population
- eService-Learning: Creating Experiential Learning and Civic Engagement through Online and Hybrid Courses
“This book introduces the reader to the four emerging types of eservice-learning, from classes where 100% of the instruction and 100% of the service occur online, to three distinct forms of hybrid where either the service or the instruction are delivered wholly on-line.”
- By our own Dr. Jody Early and Dr. Grace Lasker: Strengthening Communities of Inquiry Online and Offline: Exploring the Benefits and Challenges of Including Service-Learning in a Fully Online Women’s Global Health Course
Discussion & Reflections
- UW Bothell librarians compiled a list of current resources highlighting the systemic inequalities that COVID-19 is revealing, and actions you can take to aid in relief efforts. There is a Canvas module that includes this list as well as discussion space to talk about how coronavirus is impacting your communities.
- Discussion and Reflections – Articles about COVID-19 and the Public Good
Macalester’s Civic Engagement Center is assembling links to accessible articles about COVID-19 and the public good that can be used for discussions and reflection. The articles highlight solidarity, mutual aid, and community resiliency.
COIL Pedagogy Methods from UW Bothell Office of Global Initiatives
Collaborative Online International Learning, or COIL, is a pedagogy that is international, interactive, virtual, and engages international higher education institutions as partners. Many tools and techniques used in COIL courses are great tools that can be used in remote CELR courses to connect students and local community partners.
Examples from UW COIL courses
This PPT goes in-depth to show concrete examples from COIL courses taught by UW faculty, including course logistics, assignment ideas.
Huge thanks to all the people and offices posting resources. Resources were pulled from multiple sites, including Portland State University’s Office of Community-Engaged Learning, IUPUI Center for Service Learning, Macalester’s Civic Engagement Center, Iowa Campus Campus, Washington Campus Compact COVID resources, UW Bothell Global Initiatives, UW Bothell/CC Librarians.