Since 2003, some fifty instructors across Arts and six other Faculties have committed to integrating CSL into a course or two. Instructors who decide to integrate a CSL component into a course find that they gain an enlivened classroom, experience with new pedagogical strategies, connections to community partners, and the opportunity to help their students link theory and practice. As one instructor put it, “the sky is the limit” when it comes to the creative possibilities for teaching CSL.
The CSL Program works with you to decide if CSL is right for you and your course, and provides a variety of services and supports:
- background information and material on CSL to help you get started;
- modest grants to enable the development of innovative CSL courses;
- resources and training for planning a CSL course and revising a syllabus (including suggested types of assignments and assessment tools);
- ‘matching’ community projects and academic courses to best meet mutual objectives;
- liaising with community agencies, including details and logistics of student placements;
- ongoing support throughout the semester in the form of resources, training, self-evaluation tools, course evaluation reports, and generally responding to questions and concerns.
Integrating CSL into a course takes some planning and preparation. Interested instructors are encouraged to contact the CSL Program at least six months prior to the start of the term in which they hope to adopt CSL in a course.
To ensure that your project is considered for the upcoming Fall/Winter term, we recommend that all Instructors indicate their intention to integrate CSL into a course in the following academic year by the first Monday in May/October respectively by accessing the NEW CSL portal.
The new CSL database portal will house all of your CSL project information and make submitting intention forms easier.
To get started check out our Introduction to CSL for Instructors guidebook, and/or contact us!