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Community-Engaged Learning & Teaching

Enhance your teaching experience

The Faculty of Arts Community-Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT) Coordinator offers consultation and support to faculty who are interested in integrating a CELT community-engaged learning project or activity in their courses. Community-engaged teaching and learning (CELT) helps students make linkages between theory and practice, enhances their critical thinking skills, strengthens their ability to use different levels of thought (description, analysis, integration, application), and develops foundational skills for inquiry and observational research. Students may participate in community-engaged activities and projects as either an optional or required component of core and elective program courses.

Faculty tell us that CELT enhances their teaching experiences and interactions with students, and that they are see an increase in the quality of students’ learning and engagement with course materials.

Integrating a community-engaged learning project or activity in a course requires additional work. The CELT Coordinator is here to help you. We offer a range of services and resources. 

  • Brainstorm how community-engaged learning and teaching could be integrated into your courses.
  • Identify potential projects and build relationships with community partners.
  • Support you in adapting course outlines and assignments.
  • Provide you and GA/TAs with skill development opportunities through consultations, workshops, and sharing circles.
  • Provide tools, training, and resources to orient students and enhance their skills for observation, inquiry, critical reflection, among others.
  • Provide journals, books, and resources on community-engaged learning and teaching.
  • Provide in-class support with project planning and guest speakers.

Community-engaged teaching and learning projects are eligible for Faculty of Arts Experiential Learning Grants.

Community-engaged learning and teaching (CELT) courses provide you with opportunities to:

  • Apply theoretical and conceptual knowledge to real life and professional contexts

  • Affiliate with collaborating partners, relevant to your discipline of study

  • Broaden your educational perspective and enhance your learning

  • Gain experience in working in different professional contexts and sectors

  • Develop professional skills, such as research and analysis, program planning and evaluation, and written communication

  • Expand your networks

  • Gain insight into your educational and career direction.

CELT- eCampus Ontario: PhotoVoice Project Virtual Gallery "I thrive when..."

The PhotoVoice project is a collaboration between the Community Engaged Learning & Teaching (CELT) initiative in the Faculty of Arts, X University and Centennial College’s Centre for Accessible Learning and Counselling Services, external link.

“I Thrive When…” - this was the focal question posed to students in two courses (SSH 102: Learning and Development Strategies and PSY 706: Positive Psychology) co-taught by Dr. Diana Brecher and Dr. Deena Kara Shaffer, as part of the CELT PhotoVoice initiative led by Dr. Reena Tandon at X University and to student participants from Centennial College’s E-Mentorship and Peer Listening Program, led by Dr. Rick Ezekiel and Miguel Litonjua.

As per the respective curricular and co-curricular projects, students were asked to take pictures in response to this statement, and write a narrative about what the picture conveys to the audience in response to the topic.

This is a collection of their photos and narratives. This is their PhotoVoice Exhibit. Let’s start the conversation: “I Thrive When…”



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PSY 805: Adjustment, Stress & Coping / Students developed brochures on topics relevant to the community partners. For example, students produced a brochure for Ryerson University's Student Housing Services, titled "Stress of Managing Time: For Students Living in Residence".

SOC 481: Survey Design and Analysis / Students conducted survey, data analysis and produced reports for different partners.

SOC 483: Advanced Research and Statistics / Students conducted intensive research and produced reports for community organizations that analyzed Statistics Canada data.

SSH 502: Community Action Research / In analyzing Ryerson-on-Yonge in historic context, students worked with the Ryerson Library and Archives to interpret the social and cultural significance of the new building on Yonge at Gould Street and produced a blog Ryerson on Yonge, external link, opens in new window.

CELT PhotoVoice Exhibit, Spring 2020

CELT PhotoVoice initiativePSY 918 and SSH 102 : Students in these two courses participated in a PhotoVoice Project, to think on a focal question and develop their ideas for a PhotoVoice Exhibit, for awareness building and advocacy around issues that matter to them as youth and as students. This is the collection of their photos and narratives on the topic, ‘I thrive when….’

View the online Spring 2020 Virtual Photovoice Exhibit, external link, opens in new window, or to download PDFs: 

CELT PhotoVoice Exhibit, Winter 2022

CELT/PhotoVoice: Fall 2021

PhotoVoice Virtual Gallery and Poster Exhibit of an inter-institution collaborative project funded by eCampus Ontario, Virtual Learning Strategy Grant for New Open Educational Resource.

Posters are based on pictures and narratives by students in two courses co-taught by Dr. Diana Brecher and Dr. Deena Kara Shaffer as part of the CELT PhotoVoice initiative led by Dr. Reena Tandon in the Faculty of Arts, and by students from Centennial College’s E-Mentorship and Peer Listening Program, led by Dr. Rick Ezekiel and Miguel Litonjua. 

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Women & Islam (SOC 885):

  • Posters were created by students as part of a CELT initiative in SOC 885: Women and Islam, taught by Dr. Amina Jamal to raise awareness of multidisciplinary perspectives to the issues of Muslim women in Canada and transnational contexts.

Project: CELT/P2E: Mural Project - Remake and Restoration of Wall-Mural at Pathways to Education (P2E), Regent Park

This video made by Joana Zyberaj, opens in new window (now an alum, EUS) showcases the collaborative CELT project including students from two courses  EUS 870, Ecological Restoration (Dr. Andrew Millward) and PSY 120, Community Psychology Dr. David Day) and youth from  Pathways to Education (P2E) and their co-creation of a Mural at the P2E center, Regent Park, Toronto.


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