The Impact of COVID-19: Faculty Perspectives on Community-Based Learning
Community-based learning (CBL) is a mutually beneficial partnership involving higher education institutions (HEIs), students, faculty, and the community. It provides students with the opportunity to apply academic concepts to real-life situations and community organizations with the opportunity to gain insights from evidence-based theories and current research. Significant changes for HEIs and businesses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, such as online course delivery, business lockdowns, telecommuting, and physical distancing, suggest a large potential impact on CBL practice and increased challenges for faculty members who manage CBL processes. This study explores the faculty perspective on CBL practices with a specific focus on the impact of COVID-19. Findings indicate that both institutions and faculty within them found innovative solutions for overcoming disruptions caused by the pandemic. The findings also indicate a range of practices related to support and training for CBL and overwhelming indicate strong faculty commitment to pedagogical approaches that deepen student learning while also benefiting local communities.
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