DePaul University’s Steans Center for Community-Based Service Learning created a program called Online Community Engagement (OCE) to safely connect students with communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. As this article says, “OCE provided self- directed modules including reading materials and videos for students focused on issues such as mental health, immigration, community organizing, police accountability, and gentrification. The modules culminated with a live online events on Fridays featuring guests from DePaul and Chicago communities.” OCE proved highly successful, especially because it provided a way for students to meet community organizers. The article profiles some of the most salient lessons featured in OCE as well as student feedback about them. OCE will remain part of the post-pandemic curriculum.
Baron, Dan; Liggons, Kaliah MPA; Pintor, David; Handrup, Jonathan LSW; and Silva, Rubén Álvarez M.Ed
"Online Community Engagement Enhances Service Learning,"
Vincentian Heritage Journal: Vol. 36
, Article 7.
Available at: https://via.library.depaul.edu/vhj/vol36/iss2/7