Community Based Learning

What is Community Based Learning?


This digital reference guide was created to foster faculty, staff, and student learning about Community-Based Learning (CBL). The guide includes recommended books, journals, websites, and conferences that will enhance your knowledge of this high impact practice.


What is CBL?

Community-Based Learning (CBL) is an educational approach that integrates learning and mentorship with community engagement through reciprocal community partnerships and critical reflection. CBL aims to benefit students, community partners, and the greater good. CBL typically occurs within a credit-bearing course or within similar structured learning activities.


Connect with Us

As part of W&L’s strategic plan, The Office of Community-Based Learning coordinates efforts across the university to integrate academic study and civic engagement with community partners. To connect and discuss your thoughts on these resources and take the next step in engaging with community-based learning, please get in touch with the Office of Community-Based Learning at