CBL Course Highlights

Community-Based Learning Across the Curriculum

Each year approximately 55 courses include community-based learning, a proven high-impact pedagogy. Below are a few examples, ordered by semester offered.

Theater/Dance 245 Dance Composition and 375 Level 4 Modern Dance Technique (Spring 2018)

As part of these courses, world renowned choreographer, Stephan Koplowitz will introduce students to his philosophy concerning site specific choreography and choreographic methodology. The students will incorporate what they have gleaned from Mr. Koplowitz's experiential workshops and apply it to their creation of new work for informal showings at both the Hillstrom Museum on campus and to a wider community audience at the Arts Center of St. Peter during the spring semester of 2018.

Theater/Dance 144 001: ST Movement Methods (Fall 2017)

The Community-Based Learning component of this course provides opportunities for students to apply, demonstrate, and share their understanding of pedagogical strategies used in dance education. Students will travel to the Ballare Teatro Performing Arts Center in Minneapolis twice to work with teachers and students at the school; and, they will teach a component of a class. Students will also hear presentations from two Education licensing professionals to further enable exploration of careers in dance education.

COM 344: Perspectives on the News (Spring 2017)

Students in this course​ ​​got hands-on experience with news production​ and brought new information to the community through a ​​cooperative project with​ ​local journalists. COM-344: Perspectives on the News, provided students with a study of the history and theor​y​​ of​ the changing role​​s ​news outlets ​ha​ve​​ ​played​​ in​ ​​democratic society.​​​​

​In the capstone project, students met with journalists, publishers, and editors​ ​​at the Mankato Free Press newspaper to learn more about the​​ media landscape as well as the day-to-day life of a regional​ ​​news organization. ​Students ​​then worked ​with the Free Press to build the Media Literacy Project​​,​​ ​​a series of student-produced articles and videos being published this summer that are designed to ​​help the public become more savvy news consumers and engaged citizens.

See also: Gustavus Adolphus College News article on August 3, 2017 by JJ Aikin '11

ENG 310: Writing and Non-Profits (Spring 2017)

Students in this class served as writing consultants for their partners using their knowledge of rhetoric and narrative skills to help nonprofit organizations tell their own stories and solve their own problems. The class partners included Ecumen Prairie Hill, St. Peter Senior Center, YWCA Mankato, and Center for Rural Policy Development. Some of the students wrote newsletter articles describing their experiences as writers for these organizations (see below). Read more about the class in an article written by Dr. Rebecca Fremo, "Writing and Nonprofits: Rhetoric, Reciprocity, and Writing." Writing_and_Nonprofits_Rhetoric_Reciprocity_and_Real_World_Writing

Newsletter articles by students regarding their community-based learning experiences:

  • "Growing Girls, Wondrous Women," by Monica Hood - Blogging for the Girls on the Run program, YWCA Mankato. Growing_Girls_Wondrous_Women
  • "Grown Up Story-Time," by Laura Isdahl - Elders tell their memorable stories at Ecumen Prairie Hill. Grown_Up_Story-Time
  • "The Applications of Appy Hour," by Brady Lass - A St. Peter Senior Center class teaching older citizens how to communicate with and use digital technology. The_Applications_of_Appy_Hour
  • "Bridging the Information Gap: How One Organization is Trying to Take on Minnesota' Chronic Obstacles," by Alex Kelley - Helping the Center for Rural Policy Development provide information to legislators about rural Minnesota. Bridging_the_Information_Gap
  • "Learning Together with the Senior Center," by Britta Powell - Learning about religion and culture with St. Peter seniors. Learning_Together_with_the_Senior_Center