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Engaged Teaching

Engaged teaching may involve a variety of projects, programs, activities and educational processes. Most importantly engaged teaching requires connections between the community’s benefit/prerogatives and student learning outcomes.

Service Learning

Faculty may perform engaged teaching by involving their students in service learning.
According to the UTK Provost Office ( “service-learning is a course-based experiential learning strategy that engages students in meaningful and relevant service with a community partner while employing ongoing reflection to draw connections between the service and course content, thus enhancing academic learning, promoting civic responsiveness, and strengthening communities.

Examples of service learning include:

  • Provide services to low-income community members through legal clinics (College of Law).
  • Develop communication plans for non-profit organizations (College of Communication and Information).
  • Participate in vaccination programs that benefit a community holiday fund (College of Nursing).

Extension and Outreach

Engaged teaching may also extend the university’s instructional capacity to provide learning opportunities to audiences outside of the traditional classroom setting via UT Extension and outreach programs. Such teaching may employ innovative uses of information technologies to make university resources accessible to those at a distance, particularly those who have not traditionally had access to the university, through on-line courses or the design of educational websites. Additional examples of Extension and outreach include: workshops, public lectures. or educational presentations.

Teaching as Engaged Scholarship

These two can be translated to engaged scholarship if, for example, the faculty member submits for publication a description of the unique educational presentation or measures the impact of the service learning experience on the student or community and submits the results for publication, then the scholarship of teaching is exemplified.