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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.

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: 

As a CELT student, there are a number of things you need to do to prepare for your work in the community. You can access the relevant documents below.

  • Forms and Guidelines for CELT Projects/Placements
  • CELT Guidelines
  • CELT Agreement
  • WSIB Form
  • Photo Waiver

CELT PhotoVoice exhibit, Fall 2020

In this CELT (Community Engaged Learning and Teaching) PhotoVoice initiative, the focal topic posed to psychology students in PSY 918 and students in SSH 102 was : "I Thirve When...."

As part of their class project, in interactive workshops, students were asked to reflect and respond to this statement.This is the collection of their photos and narratives in response to the topic. This is their PhotoVoice exhibit.

Let’s start the conversation. “When do you thrive?”


PSY 918 – Dr. David Day; course-TA, Kathleeen Stewart and students in the course

SSH 102 – Dr. Diana Brecher, Dr. Deena Schaffer and students who participated in the project.

CELT – Dr. Reena Tandon and student-staff, Susan Chow

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