The Student Life Department provides a number of supports to programs who partner with us in CSL initiatives. For example Student Life will...
To establish the roles and responsibilities between both the Faculty member and the Student Life Department, a CSL Contract is issued prior to the CSL initiative. The CSL Contract is designed to assist both the academic course Faculty and the Student Life Department in developing intentional outcomes and in outlining specific roles and responsibilities as they relate to the partnership that results in a College experiential learning initiative.
The CSL Contract identifies the following: the CSL Facilitators and Description of Activity; Academic Learning Outcomes & Student Life Departmental Objectives Met Through Activity; Roles & Responsibilities (of both Faculty and the Student Life Department Programmer), and; Reflection.
An essential component of CSL is reflection. In CSL, students are encouraged to reflect on their experience as a way to review their journey through the CSL initiative. Reflection is the lens through which one thinks critically about their experiences, deeply considering how the actions performed intentionally link to specific learning goals. Methods that Faculty may choose for doing this may include reflection journals throughout the experience, or a reflection paper at the end of the initiative.
Even prior to the CSL, students are also encouraged to intentionally contemplate the challenges, needs and expectations they hope to have from a CSL experience. This can be done through informal dialogues or team-builders that Student Life and Faculty engage in with classes.
The reflective component in a CSL is where most Faculty heavily grade students. Other small elements of a student's final grade may involve a peer-grading component to gain a perspective from others as to what amount each student contributed in the group CSL initiative, which may also include any materials/booth displays the students produce.
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CSL has received greeted by a warm reception by the majority of students who have participated in past. The Student Life Department remains committed to evaluating each individual CSL initiative in order to ensure the learning outcomes of both the academic course and the Student Life departmental objectives are being met.
Following each CSL, students in the classes will be surveyed based on their experience. Students are asked to provide feedback on a number of outcomes, pre-determined in partnership by the Faculty and the Student Life Department representative. The evaluation also solicits feedback from students on suggestions to improve CSLs for future students.
Once the evaluations are collected, Student Life will provide Faculty with a summary of the evaluation results.
“CSL provided a great opportunity to conduct hands-on experience in the classroom while also contributing to a worthwhile cause--the College community. Students were engaged, focused and involved in what they were learning while allowing faculty to get their "hands-dirty" along with the students. CSL allowed me, as a teacher, to facilitate and support learning beyond simple classroom lectures and group work.”
- Elissa Stevens, Program Coordinator, Fitness & Health Promotion
“I have been involved with CSL initiatives on both the Doon and Waterloo campuses. It has been a pleasure because Ryan and Elissa were so helpful that it made my job easier. They also opened themselves up to questions from my students, which helped everyone achieve their goals and objectives. As programs go, this one’s a gem!”
- Dr. Laura Quirk, Faculty, Liberal Studies
To engage your class in a CSL activity, please review the above theme areas and initiatives to see if there is a theme that would best suit your class and course(s).
Once you know of a potential CSL exercise you would like to partner on, contact:
We will be happy to meet with you to discuss potential involvement and, if applicable, work through a CSL Contract with you to assist both partners in clarifying roles and responsibilities in the initiative (i.e. the Faculty's role and the Student Life Department's role).