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About the Toolkit
About this Toolkit
CIRTL are committed to supporting the vibrant and growing community of teaching practitioners who are bringing civic and community engagement into their curriculum in many different ways. These practitioners collaborate with each other, share experiences and build their professional practice through learning together. They have told us their hands on learning and spaces to exchange knowledge, being inspired by others and sharing what’s worked well elsewhere is the most valuable and needed support.
That’s why this Civic and Community Engagement in the Curriculum Toolkit is centred around sharing Practice Insights - practical how-to knowledge, examples, tools and tips from peers and colleagues in the University, nationally and internationally. The Toolkit is a knowledge bank - collecting working examples, best practice and demonstrating the wide variety of learning activities and methodologies that are available for practitioners to draw from.
Whether you are just beginning to explore or continuing your journey of integrating civic and community engagement in your curriculum, we hope that the practice-led insights will support and inspire your professional practice.
The Toolkit is organised around four main 'How-To' knowledge areas:
- How to Cultivate Core Principles
- How to Link with Societal Challenges
- How to Learn with Communities
- How to Enhance Partnerships
In each area you can find guidance on key competencies to consider, signposts to useful reading to support your understanding and a series of Practice Insights to help you build confidence to integrate community engaged components in your curriculum in a way that works for you.
To begin we suggest you check out Why Get Engaged where we share reflections on the benefits, rationale and policy imperative for Civic and Community Engagement in higher education.
A Civically Engaged University
Civic and community engagement is part of the life blood of our University. Activities happen at all scales, and at all levels – within and beyond the curriculum, by individual staff or student actions, through to school, college and University-wide projects and initiatives.
This toolkit is developed as a key enabling project under the University’s Civic and Community Engagement Plan. This plan outlines institutional objectives to enact a strategic and coordinated approach, to raise the profile of civic and community engagement activities, to embed a culture of engaged staff and students, and to deepen our presence in the community.
Through the development and delivery of this plan, the institutional commitment and ambition is embedded in UCC leadership, policy and governance structures and actions to create the right conditions for realising best practice civic and community engagement.
Find out more about the wider eco-system of Civic & Community Engagement at UCC.