Community-based learning is a form of experiential learning with the aim at the accomplishment of tasks, which meets genuine human needs, as well as the execution of the tasks that serve as an educational and learning tool aimed at the acquisition of a number of important life skills by the students.
The Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology at the University of Pretoria implemented from 2005 a new compulsory module, Community-Based Project (code:JCP), for all undergraduates. The eight-credit module is offered on an open-ended and project-orientated basis. The students attended compulsory orientation sessions and then submitted their projects in the form of a proposal for evaluation and approval. Only then students started with their fieldwork of at least 40 hours. After the students have done their fieldwork they report on their experiences and lessons learned via a presentation and report in the form of a wiki on e-learning management system (clickUP).
Awards and prizes
2010: The JCP-module was one of the finalists for the MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship.
2014: Marketing Advancement & Communication in Education (MACE) Excellence Award in the Category: Integrated campaigns/projects and subcategory: Social responsibility citizenship development
2015: University of Pretoria: Community Engagement Award
2015: Group 101 2014 YouTube a finalist for the ASEE Community Engagement Division Film Festival
2016: University Education for Transformative Leadership in Africa Mini-Grant
2017: Finalist Global Engineers Deans Council Airbus Diversity Award