The OCE will work pro-actively with faculty and partnering organizations to develop and support community-based learning courses. We are able to support courses and/or projects embedded in the curriculum that:
- Are approved by a Department Chair.
- Are designed and implemented in collaboration with at least one community partner.
- Respond to a community-identified opportunity or need affecting Baltimore City or the Greater Baltimore region.
- Seek to create tangible outcomes. Examples include but are not limited to: prototypes, a beautification/redesign of space, print, or digitalmaterials; an arts-based experience or intervention; etc.
- Engage a majority of enrolled students into the project's implementation.
- Have a well-defined set of learning objectives for students.
OCE will provide the following technical and financial support for the duration of the course.
Before the course, OCE can provide:
Assistance brokering meetings between faculty, community partners, and our office.
Assistance developing a participation agreement between MICA and the community partner.
Access to forms, templates and contracts that pertain to community-engagement risk management policies and procedures.
Guidelines for photo documentation of the community-based learning process and/or product.
During the course, OCE will provide:
Assistance brokering meetings between course and community partners.
Provide guidance documenting project including photography and written material.
Assistance acquiring project supplies.
Feedback tools to evaluate effectiveness of the partnership and its outcomes.
Assistance garnering media coverage and press for the project or its outcomes (achieved in partnership with MICA's Communications Department).
Troubleshooting, when necessary.
OCE will provide funding for project including:
- Modest faculty stipend for development of new course content.
- Up to $1500 in direct project costs (printing, supplies, transportation, etc.)