Community-based learning promotes learning through active participation in service experiences. Community-based learning opportunities for nursing majors provides students the chance to apply skills and knowledge learned in the classroom setting in real-life situations. Students will experience a variety of community-based learning opportunities from working with individuals and families in acute care settings to working with families and groups in community settings.
Nursing faculty at Rockford University believe that learning takes place both in and out of the classroom. Community-based learning is a critical element in nursing education that extends learning beyond the textbook and classroom setting into the community at large. Community-based learning provides students with the opportunity to utilize reflective thinking, discussion with faculty and peers, and writing about the experience to expand the learning experience.
Community-based learning is an important means of fostering a sense of caring for others. Nurses “care” for members of their community and service learning facilitates the growth and development of caring behaviors in our nursing graduates.
Feel free to check out some of the community sites where students participate in community-based learning: