The OCE will work pro-actively with faculty and partnering organizations to develop and support community-based learning courses. We are able to support curricular activities 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 guidance and/or assistance with:
- Brokering meetings between course and community partners.
- Guidance documenting projects including photography and written material.
- Acquiring project supplies.
- Evaluating effectiveness of the partnership and its outcomes.
- Garnering media coverage (achieved in partnership with MICA's Communications Department).
- Troubleshooting, when necessary.
OCE will provide funding for courses including:
- Modest faculty stipend for development of new course content.
- Up to $1500 in direct project costs (printing, supplies, transportation, etc.)