Civic and Community Engagement in the Curriculum

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CE Toolkit

UCC is part of a global movement of civically engaged higher education institutions. We nurture graduates to become socially responsible and effective global citizens and our teaching staff strive to embed civic and community engagement in the curriculum. This toolkit for the teaching community provides ‘Practice Insights’ articles - sharing practical tools and examples for best practice implementation of community engaged learning.

Latest Practice Insights

16 Aug 2021

Civic Engagement in the Curriculum – A Critique

This article provides a critique of civic engagement in the curriculum and attempts to articulate what we mean by high quality and sustainable civic engagement practices.  Community engaged learning initiatives do not act as a silver bullet for resolving community challenges or making the most of opportunities available. Students and academics cannot parachute into a community with the attitude of waving a magic wand before disappearing back to campus.
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12 Aug 2021

UCC Responds: The Online Social Work Practice (OSWP) Initiative

Providing social work services during COVID19 is a major challenge. For example, how to transition to remote service provision to children and families at risk, safeguarding older adults, services to homeless families, and child to parent domestic violence group-work. This article looks at the experience of the Online Social Work Practice initiative that was developed in response to the pandemic, working together with service providers and practitioners. 
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UCC Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy Students attend the UCC Works Award 2019
12 Aug 2021

Prepare Students for CE Initiatives

The article focuses attention on the process of preparing students for their CEL experience so that they can maximize the experience but also understand the purpose of such initiatives and consequently what is expected of them. Here we delve into an example of how a UCC lecturer in prepares her students for their CEL experience. 
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Douglas Matters service learning partnership - community group, UCC graduates and supervisor on being shortlisted for the Education Award in the Research category at The Education Award Gala 2019
19 May 2021

Teaching Strategies for Community Engaged Learning Initiatives

This Practice Insight focuses on Community Engaged Learning (CEL) approaches where the lecturer plays an active role alongside her/his student and community participants throughout the CEL process. The lecturer designs the module in such a way that they are present to organise and participate in activities so that students meet their learning outcomes and both parties can reach mutually beneficial outcomes.
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