The Student Service Learning Experience

Due to the uncertain conditions, CTLB03H3 will not be offered in the Fall 2020 term. We will update our website when we know the status of our in-person lectures and off-campus placements for the Winter 2021 term.


NOTE: DISREGARD the ACORN WAITLIST. We will automatically enrol students who's placement applications are accepted, despite them not being on the ACORN waitlist.


Students who wish to create their own placements are encouraged to start contacting potential supervisors as early as possible.

There are two (simultaneous) parts to the CTL Service Learning experience:

1. Students are enrolled in CTLB03 – Introduction to Service Learning (under 'Teaching and Learning' in the UTSC Calendar)

CTLB03 is our 0.5 credit course with two lecture hours per week. In this course, students are familiarized with service learning concepts and key skills to get the most out of their placement. CTLB03 assignments and evaluations include readings, discussions, a presentation, and critical self-reflective writing to continually monitor and assess how their service experience enhances their own scholarship.
Click here to see a sample course syllabus.

2. Students complete a Community Outreach Placement

Outreach placements with community organizations require 5 – 7 hours/week of active involvement with a placement partner (during the 11 – 12 weeks the student is enrolled in the CTLB03 course).
Through these service learning placements, students bring concepts taught in the academic classroom to discipline-related community partners. These might include, for example,  area schools, laboratories, NGOs and campus units. Students learn about the current needs of the communities they are serving and the approaches used to meet these needs. By employing academic knowledge in a meaningful context, students become active learners. Through practice, concepts become solidified and students develop a sense of ownership over self-generated knowledge. Students learn to recognize issues, formulate and carry out initiatives and evaluate progress, and thus become more self-reflective learners. Communication and other skills imperative to professional practice are strengthened and students have direct experience with how knowledge is generated and transferred.
Read Starting Your Community Placement Tipsheet
In effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Experiential Learning team is currently working off campus. Please feel free to contact us:
Kamini Persaud, Coordinator, Experiential Learning, CTL
Amelia Seto-Hung, Course and Program Assistant, CTL