Community-based learning (CBL) is an instructional strategy that blends academic learning with practice outside the classroom. Emphasis is placed on reflection, active student participation, and connecting the curriculum to the ‘living text’ of the real world.
Integral to community-based learning is the relationship established between SXU faculty, students and partners in the community. In a community-based learning course project, both the students and community partner benefit. Examples of community-based learning include internships, clinical experiences, student teaching and service learning; in all cases, community-based learning courses require that students compose written reflections upon the application of their learning to the community experience.