Community Engaged Learning

With Community Engaged Learning (CEL) you can connect your education to society, with the aim of contributing to solving social issues. CEL is not a method of instruction, but a way to, for example, design an entire course. Students, in collaboration with social partners, apply their knowledge and skills to provide solutions to social issues. In this way, students can orientate on the labor market and work-related issues during their studies..

Learning together

CEL creates connections between education at the university and what is happening in society, in the world and/or in the neighbourhood. This involves mutual learning from each other. Students learn from their peers and from working with partners. Partners learn from students and are helped by their knowledge and skills.

Collaboration within CEL projects is multidisciplinary by nature, with students from different programmes bringing their knowledge and experiences to investigate social issues and propose solutions. Students almost always work autonomously in these projects, with you as the lecturer acting as a supervisor.

With CEL, the clients are often local governments and social partners. Think of, for example, the municipality of Nijmegen and IederTalentTelt.

Motivating education

CEL is educational and motivating for your students in several ways:

  • They work on ‘real’ assignments that make it tangible how they can contribute to social issues from their field of expertise.
  • They reflect on their role in society.
  • They develop personal and professional skills.
  • They learn how to emphatise with others and get acquainted with different perspectives.
  • They learn to reflect on their role regarding social issues.


Portretfoto van twee projectleden van de pluktuinroute

Picking Route: Learning in a multi level context

Students indicate they want more attention for interdisciplinary education that connects to complex contemporary issues. Maartje Cobussen and Marijn van Klingeren research what is needed when this form of learning is implemented in academic education

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Report on interdisciplinary collaboration

Collaborating with professionals of other disciplines and education levels is not by default a skill that you are taught during your studies,

Samenwerken met professionals van andere disciplines en opleidingsniveaus is geen standaardvaardigheid die je leert tijdens je studie, while that will be essential in your work later on.

Contact details

Would you like to get in touch with social partners in and around Nijmegen? Or discuss your idea? Please contact Maartje Cobussen, the Quartermaker City Deal Kennis Maken at Radboud University.

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