NEW StoryMaps, e-CBL resources, and more
NEW StoryMaps, e-CBL resources, and more
Grand Valley State University
James H Zumberge Hall

What's Happening in Community Engagement

Summer 2020

NEW Laker Effect Map StoryMaps

The Laker Effect Map has gotten a major makeover! We are excited to launch new StoryMaps for both the public and private maps that are much more user friendly. Click the buttons below to access the new maps. (Note: The Private Map requires faculty/staff login.)  
Access Public Map
Access Private Map
Watch the video below to learn how to use the map. This video can also be found by scrolling to the bottom of the Private StoryMap.
Laker Effect Map Tutorial

e-Community Based Learning Resources

online learning
All community based learning experiences should:
  • Provide a community context for learning
  • Provide clear relevance to course learning outcomes
  • Provide an opportunity to engage in guided reflection both individually and with peers
Ideally, e-community based learning experiences also provide students with an opportunity to connect virtually with community partners and showcase their interests, talents and abilities to make a positive impact and build experience. Students establishing new relationships with community partners can be highly instrumental in the acquisition of internships, fieldwork, practicum and future employment.
Faculty can provide students with clarity by acknowledging that different expectations exist for academic coursework where students are accountable to the professor and for service work where they are accountable to the community.
The need for physical distancing has created both challenges and opportunities. Serving and learning from community members can be done virtually with some creativity, planning and preparation. This continuum graphic provides a range of activities to consider as e-community based learning coursework.
Visit our website for more e-CBL resources.
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Community Spotlight: Networks of Support

President Mantella called on the entire community to harness our power, talent, intellectual capacity, and compassion to activate networks of support in key areas of need. Ten different networks have been operating to address today's challenges. Click the button below to learn more or get involved.
Networks of Support

K-12 Pathways & Vulnerable Population Networks 

The K-12 Remote Education Delivery network has been hard at work this summer expanding remote tutoring services across the state. The Vulnerable Population network has been assisting with food distribution alongside the Hispanic Center of West Michigan.

Read more

Alumni Owned Businesses
The Connect with Laker Networks team has put together an Alumni Owned Business directory to recognize Laker-owned businesses and encourage alumni to do business together.

Campus Compact Award Recipients

Commitment to Service Student Award
  • Collin Louis, a biomedical sciences major
  • Stephanie Torres, who earned a degree in public and nonprofit administration
Community Engagement Professionals Servant Leadership Award: 
  • Ryan Aldridge, operations manager for the Innovation and Design Center
Community Engaged Teaching Excellence Award: 
Learn more about the recipients

Experiential Learning Website

Grand Valley is committed to providing high-impact learning experiences, and experiential learning is one of the hallmarks that embody this approach. The Office of the Provost has put together a web page to provide guidance and information to those involved in such activities: students, faculty/staff within academic programs, and employers/community partners. Click the button below to view this resource.
Experiential Learning Website
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