Community-Based Learning (CBL)

Linguistics Professor, Donna Jo Napoli discusses e-books project with audience.

In spring 2014, Professor Donna Jo Napoli and her students created a diverse selection of children’s ASL/written English bilingual e-books in LING 063 "Supporting Literacy among Deaf Children," a Community-Based Learning (CBL) course. Pictured above, Prof. Napoli discusses this innovative project.

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Community Based Learning (CBL) is a pedagogical approach that is based on the premise that the most profound learning often comes from experience that is supported by guidance, context-providing, foundational knowledge, and intellectual analysis.The opportunity for students to bring thoughtful knowledge and ideas based on personal observation and social interaction to a course's themes and scholarly arguments brings depth to the learning experience for individuals and to the content of the course. The communities of which we are a part can benefit from the resources of our faculty and students, while the courses can be educationally transformative in powerful ways.