Successful partnerships have clearly articulated academic and community goals. Below are a series of questions to consider as you articulate your learning goals.
What are your academic objectives, e.g., the explicit concepts and skills from the discipline you want your students to understand and apply?
What “hidden curriculum” skills do you want students to gain, e.g., effective written and oral communication, problem solving, time management, and teamwork?
Are there particular skills, methodologies, or tools you want students to employ ?
What civic or cultural aspects would you like your students to understand?
Designing and implementing an effective community-engaged course has an additional layer of complexity in that the objectives and goals of the community partner are also incorporated. This is referred to as “objectives-squared,” where course design includes the objectives and goals of the community partner in addition to your teaching and learning goals.