Community Engaged Learning (CEL)

Community Engaged Learning (CEL) is a method of teaching and learning that combines academic classroom curriculum, reflection and learning objectives with meaningful service in the community. This is beneficial to both the student and the community organization. Undergraduate students in their second year and beyond can gain a deeper understanding of their civic responsibility through a 10 – 20 hour CEL experience, for-credit.

CEL Opportunities Include:

  • Classes that enable students to better their communities and enrich their skills through project work
  • Typically between 10-12 hours for half courses and between 15-20 hours for full year courses
  • Interaction with a community organization
  • Experience that enhances a student's academic, career and personal/professional development
  • Excellent experience to include in a resume or CV
  • An opportunity to develop oral, written, and presentation skills
  • Networking

Some examples of CEL courses are as follows*:

  • Capstone Design in Computer Science
    This course gives students experience solving a substantial problem that may span several areas of Computer Science.  Students will define the scope of the problem, develop a solution plan, produce a working implementation and present their work using written, oral and (if suitable) video reports.  The class will be small and highly interactive. This is a team-oriented, project-based course in which the students develop a software system. 
  • Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology
    The design of the human body. Topics include locomotory and other major organ systems, integrating structure and function. A comparative approach is taken, placing the design of the human body in an evolutionary context. As part of this course, students may have the option of participating in an international learning experience that will have an additional cost and application process.
  • Restoration Ecology II
    The follow-up course to Restoration Ecology I, ENV 496 will build on its theoretical foundations to focus on student involvement in a variety of restoration projects planned or underway by Credit Valley Conservation and other groups in Mississauga and the greater Credit Valley watershed. The emphasis here is on planning and implementation of restoration projects, good scientific design, understanding policies and procedures, and identifying and working with stakeholders. Occasional field exercises may be scheduled during regular class meeting times.

*Please note that course offerings vary each year. For an accurate listing of CEL courses by department, consult with the Undergraduate Advisor for your program of study. In addition, review the UTM Academic Calendar.