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Doing Good in Communities [UNIV*1200]

'Doing Good in Communities' is an experiential First Year Seminar course that challenges students to think beyond volunteering and charity as the means to have a positive impact in our communities. Over the course of one semester, interdisciplinary teams of students address specific challenges identified by community-partners using tools and techniques from lean business models and social enterprise startups.

Evidence-Based Practice and Knowledge Translation [FRAN*6221]

As the central focus of the class, students planned for, developed, and disseminated Knowledge Translation (KT) products to community partners that each student was interested in pursuing. Along with the course instructor, students collectively monitored their progress over the semester and ultimately produced three projects each: an infographic, a taped media interview, and a newspaper/blog posting. Classes were a mix of guest lectures, workshop opportunities, instructor-led discussions and in-class assignments about Evidence-based practice and knowledge translation.

Ideas Congress [ICON]

Students from most faculties and year-levels at the university can elect to take ICON. As a class, they work with a community partner to analyze and approach broad social issue from a multidisciplinary perspective. A unique aspect of the course is that there are no clear rubrics or mark breakdowns established. Students are informed about bare minimum requirements, but are encouraged to think beyond how to perform to meet expectations, and engage in conversations with the instructors regarding appropriate learning goals and outcomes based on their discipline and year-level.

Applied Geomatics [GEOG*4480]

As a capstone course for several streams of geography students, students worked in small groups to contact community partners and organize projects that aligned with their interests and the course learning objectives. 

Violence in Society [SOC*4010]

As a major component of the course (50%), the class partnered with Victim Services Wellington to conduct a literature review and ultimately create a safety assessment checklist that could be used by the community partner. Throughout the term, students worked in collaborative learning teams (3-5 people per group) to complete different elements of the project, before the class congregated to collaboratively construct the final product.

Supporting Youth Transitions: Respecting Dignity, Fulfilling Dreams

This project was conducted by four Community Living organizations in southern Ontario (Stratford and Area, Guelph and Wellington, Cambridge, and Owen Sound and District) in collaboration with the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute.

Author(s): 
Jess Notwell, Ashley Garner, Linda Hill, Lourdes Toro, Debb Young, Joanne Young, Emily Farrell
Product(s): 
Report
Presentation
Infographic
Program(s): 
CESI Special Project
Project Partner(s): 
Community Living Stratford and Area
Community Living Guelph and Wellington
Community Living Cambridge
Community Living Owen Sound and District

Focus on Nature Program Volunteer Evaluation

This project is a follow-up to the first phase of a program evaluation conducted in collaboration with Focus on Nature in 2018. The aim of this second phase of the program evaluation was to identify what volunteers gained out of their involvement with Focus on Nature, why they continued to be involved, and why they might discontinue their volunteering commitment.

Author(s): 
Rebecca Pereira, Aarabhi Rajendiran, Hannah Hutchinson, Emily Farrell
Product(s): 
Report
Evaluation
Infographic
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Focus on Nature

Wellington Guelph Hoarding Response Report

This project was conducted to gain a better understanding of how individuals who struggle with hoarding can be better supported by local services and organizations within the Wellington-Guelph area. The Research Shop at the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute led focus groups, online surveys and consultations, and identified several barriers to accessing supports and resources. The report and the accompanying infographic summarize these findings and the recommendations made to the Wellington Guelph Hoarding Response.

Author(s): 
Jess Boulé, Keely Kavcic, Amanda Jenkins, Emily Farrell
Product(s): 
Infographic
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Wellington Guelph Hoarding Network

Focus on Nature: Results of a Program Evaluation

The purpose of this project was to evaluate the impacts of a one-day nature photography workshop for students conducted by Focus on Nature. Surveys collected feedback from 154 students to assess what they learned from the program and how their participation affected their sense of connection to nature. Surveys also looked at the experience of volunteers involved in the program. The report is accompanied by a 1-page infographic summarizing the main findings of the survey.

Author(s): 
Kathleen Slemon, Marian Kelly, Emily Farrell, Karen Nelson, Lindsey Thomson, Rebecca Pereira
Product(s): 
Evaluation
Infographic
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Focus on Nature

Community Needs Assessment in Experiential Learning

This project is a collaboration between the University of Guelph's Community Engaged Scholarship Institute and Student Life. In the spring 2018, a community needs assessment was conducted to support the University of Guelph's Experiential Learning Hub and the University's strategic priority to expand and enhance experiencial learning for students. The needs assessment saught to better understand community partners' needs and perspectives, and to strengthen experiential learning partnerships between community organizations and the University.

Product(s): 
Infographic
Report
Program(s): 
Community Engaged Teaching and Learning
Project Partner(s): 
University of Guelph Student Life