A Centre student in PSY 300, Human Cognition, works with a child to complete a puzzle that he designed. Each student or group in the course created an exhibit related to topics learned in the class. These exhibits were then featured during Saturday hours at the Lexington Explorium.
Students listen to a workshop given by the founder of iO, Improv Olympics, in Chicago, Il. This activity was part of the curriculum for a CentreTerm Improvisation course.
Centre students stand with the Executive Director of Danville Convention & Visitors Bureau. As part of visiting professor Theresa Dudeck’s CentreTerm 2013 class, Just Improvise It!, students groups were paired with a community partner to create a skit that would market the businesses’ newest advertising interest.
Marla Sweitzer and Shea Agnew from NCS 120, Natural Sciences II, travel to Junction City Elementary School to teach students about the science behind natural disasters, such as tornados and hurricanes.
Two Centre students teach children about human cognition at the Lexington Explorium. As part of Jenn Goetz’s PSY 300 course, groups of students imagined, prepared, and created exhibitions about cognitive topics for the downtown museum in Lexington. The exhibit was featured on April 20th, 2013.
Community-based learning (CBL) is a broad teaching pedagogy that emphasizes the integration of service to, involvement in, and interaction with the surrounding community into traditional academic coursework. There exist a variety of ways in which to integrate CBL into a course such as out-of-class activities, service add-ons, internships, and service-learning. All of these are a way for professors to engage their students with the surrounding community and bring class lectures out of the abstract and into real world experiences.
Why Use CBL?
Community-based learning methods engage students as learners outside of the classroom, adding a dimension to undergraduate education that promotes life-long learning and leading. It also teaches students how to apply their theoretical knowledge to practical problems in a world with constantly changing political, social, and economical contexts. CBL courses produce students that are much more capable, much sooner, of real-world problem solving after graduation.