Curriculum Development Resources


I. Engaged Scholarship and Course Design

1) UC Berkeley’s Designing Community Based Courses is one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date toolkits for engaged course development.  It provides an overview of campus-community partnership models, models and examples of engaged course types, and a discussion of evaluation and assessment of engaged learning and scholarship. There is also a useful set of references to the academic literature on engaged scholarship (p 33-36). 

2) The Research University Engaged Scholar Toolkit - TRUCEN (The Research University Civic Engagement Network: “Developed by Timothy K. Stanton of Stanford University and Jeffrey P. Howard of the University of Michigan with assistance from a broad network of contributors, this online resource offers an annotated guide to the best information available on engaged scholarship, as well as models, exemplars, and original essays. The toolkit is regularly updated to reflect changes and growth in the field.”

3) Scholarly journals and academic resources, see for example: Imagining America, Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, Partnerships

II. Teaching Practices and Learning Outcomes

AAC&U VALUE Rubrics - The VALUE Rubrics of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) can assist with the development of course objectives, assignment structures, and evaluation of learning outcomes.  As AAC&U describes, “[t]he VALUE rubrics were developed by teams of faculty experts representing colleges and universities across the United States through a process that examined many existing campus rubrics and related documents for each learning outcome and incorporated additional feedback from faculty. The rubrics articulate fundamental criteria for each learning outcome, with performance descriptors demonstrating progressively more sophisticated levels of attainment.”

Two of the most commonly used rubrics for engaged scholarship course development are the civic engagement and integrative learning rubrics (below).  We have also included a link to all 16 value rubrics.  Civic Engagement rubricIntegrative Learning rubricAll 16 AAC&U rubrics

III. Partnership Development

As stated in the UC Berkeley’s Designing Community Based Courses toolkit:

Campus-community partnerships require time and investment. Historical and personal relationships with the university influence the perception of the community partner, and will in turn influence your relationship. As Hesser and Mintz (1996) wrote, “The degree to which we enter the… endeavor committed to reciprocal relationships will determine whether we move higher education away from seeing the community as a learning lab and toward viewing it as a partner in an effort to increase each other’s capacity and power.” Putting in the effort to get to know the community partner and their needs will result in a better opportunity for partnership.

Please review pages 8-11 of Designing Community Based Courses when planning for your course. The Swearer Center can also provide information about existing partnerships between Brown and a variety of community organizations and government agencies, and Engaged Scholarship staff may be able to assist you in developing your course.

Please contact the Engaged Scholars Program to arrange a meeting:
Allen Hance, Director of Academic Engagement,
​Jori Ketten, Assistant Director of Academic Engagement,
Lynsey Ford, Manager of Academic Engagement,