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Community-Engaged Learning & Teaching

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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.

ACS 402: Introduction to Global Studies / Students engaged in education and outreach to help Human Rights Watch (HRW) advance the advocacy and outreach goals of the HRW Film Festival - to raise public consciousness regarding human rights issues internationally and in Canada. They also developed a social media strategy and campaign to help promote the opening film. 

PSY 215: Psychology of Addictions / Students produced brochures for use by Ryerson's Centre for Student Development and Counseling (CSDC). 

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.

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

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