Center for Community Engagement

Serve in Place: Community-Engaged Learning During COVID-19

Notice: Cal Poly Pomona is monitoring the reports and developments of COVID-19. Click here for up-to-date Health Alert info from the university.

Community Engaged Learning in times of Social Distancing, Isolation and Quarantine: 

As we adjust to our new temporary reality in the face of COVID-19, there are many factors to consider when thinking about transitioning your Community Engaged Learning (CEL) course to an online environment. CPP Faculty Center & eLearning have a great website to get you started - Teaching Continuity.

Remember this quick switch in teaching and learning is likely uncharted territory for many of us, including your students and community partners. High quality community-based learning isn't about logging a certain number of hours, it is about being responsive to community partner needs. Perhaps at this time, the ultimate way to be engaged in the community is in ways that are grass-roots and emerging as the situation unfolds.  

Note, the information here does not supplant directives from the institution or government regarding social distancing, isolation, and quarantine. This is simply a collection of ideas that might help keep your course community connected learning goals moving during this disruption. Use your best judgement for how to proceed. I will add to this resource as more information becomes available, please don't hesitate to share your ideas with us at 

Things people in our communities might need in these times

  • Healthy people who can go to the grocery store for them and doorstep deliver groceries for them.
  • Google Hangout/Facetime conversations to counteract the physical social isolation.

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