Community-Based Learning Courses
There are multiple colleges and departments within UMD that the Office of Civic Engagement supports. Faculty from a wide range of disciplines utilize our office in many ways.
Here is a sampling of UMD courses that are exemplary of curricular community-based learning.
ESAT 3410: Performance, Nutrition, and Weight Management
Instructor: Charlene Harkins
Each week, Exercise Science students go to Laura MacAurthur School for an hour to meet with a 3rd grade class. The students pair off and UMD students teach their 3rd grade partners about exercise, nutrition, and healthy lifestyle choices. Each week the students participate in hands on activities, group games, or discussions based around a weekly topic that could include things such as the digestive system, healthy portion sizes, the muscular system, and a "just right" and healthy body type. Each session is ended by a short reflection on the days activities and what the students have learned from the activity.
WS 1000: Introduction to Women's Studies
Instructor: Deborah Plechner
Students participating in Community-Based Learning through this course have the option to choose a site from a list of approved locations for the course. It is the students' responsibility to serve 20 or more hours at their chosen site over the course of the semester. Throughout the semester students then reflect on their experiences at their site and how it relates to in-class learning. At the end of the semester students produce a report to give to their peers about what they learned and experienced during their time at their chosen site.
ELED 1010: Introduction to Elementary Education
Instructor: Jane Dietrich
Students in ELED 1010 are required to complete two hours per week in an elementary school classroom. Students assist teachers in a variety of ways and are required to reflect upon their experience throughout the semester. UMD students work in groups to design and implement a lesson during the Extravaganza week and participate in an interview with teachers at their schools. This opportunity allows for UMD students to get a hands-on experience of what it is like being a classroom teacher in a current elementary school.