Assessment of the Engaged Learning University Requirement involves a three-pronged approach that includes faculty and students:
Please note that the next Engaged Learning Assessment cycle will begin during the 2021-2022 academic year. Students will not need to submit their Engaged Learning reflections until then.
1) Faculty will submit the course syllabus each semester to the Sakai project site entitled Engaged Learning Syllabi, 2) Students/Faculty will enter their Engaged Learning placement/experience data into LOCUS, and 3) Students will respond to a standardized reflection prompt at the end of the semester.
The Engaged Learning requirement supports the mission of Loyola University Chicago by embedding opportunities for students to explore the many different forms of experiential learning as part of their academic coursework. As of Fall 2012, all undergraduate students are required to complete at least one Engaged Learning course/s totaling at least three (3) credit hours prior to graduation.
Engaged Learning courses are those that provide all of the following:
- A structured learning experience integrated into a course that engages students in learning outside the classroom, such as in a community agency, professional organization, or in a research setting
- Critical reflection on that experience through various assignments in class
- Synthesis of the experience through a final project or portfolio
Engaged Learning courses may be offered by either individual departments or the Center for Engaged Learning, Teaching, and Scholarship (CELTS). This requirement may be satisfied by a course within the Core Curriculum, or in a student’s major or minor, or through an elective course. Students may engage in these courses during the regular academic year, summer semester, J-Term, a capstone course or a study abroad experience.
Categories of Engaged Learning Courses
There are five different categories of classes that satisfy the Engaged Learning requirement. Click on any category to learn more about that pedagogy and the criteria that define it.
Loyola University Chicago Mission Statement:
“We are Chicago's Jesuit Catholic university- a diverse community seeking God in all things and working to expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice, and faith.”
In an effort to assess the Engaged Learning University requirement, we ask all students enrolled in an Engaged Learning course to complete this reflection. Referencing Loyola’s mission statement above, compose a written reflection (at least 2 pages, double-spaced) that connects your in-class and out-of-class experience responding to the following:
- How did you connect your in-class and out-of-class Engaged Learning experiences?
- How did your Engaged Learning experience help you connect to the University’s mission?
- How did the Engaged Learning experience in this course affect your personal, intellectual, civic, and/or professional development?
Engaged Learning Student Reflection Assessment Guide
How to Self-Enroll in the Engaged Learning Assessment in Digication (Students)
Login to Digication
1) Using the left-side navigation menu, select the “course” page
2) Beneath the Course and Assessment group area you’ll see the “Join a Course, Assessment Group or Community” icon, click it.
3) Here you’ll see enrollable courses- select Engaged Learning Student Reflection Assessment
4) You’ll be asked for a password at the bottom right of the screen. The password for the Engaged Learning Student Reflection Group is: engagedlearning
2) How to Submit in Digication (Students)
1) On your dashboard, click the thumbnail for your assessment group.
2) In your assessment group, click the "Assignments" tab.
3) You'll see a Summary View of all available assignments. Locate your assignment, and click the Step 1 link under Academic Internship, Service-Learning, Undergraduate Research, Fieldwork, or Public Performance which should be listed in your syllabus, can be found on the Engaged Learning website, or email your instructor to ask which type of Engaged Learning you’ll be submitting under.
4) Scroll down to the "Evidence Added" section, and click "Choose Files" to add your submission.
Once it's uploaded, your file will appear as a link under the "Evidence Added" header.
5) Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Save and Submit" to complete your submission.
You'll then see a date and time stamp for your submission.
Documenting Engaged Learning in LOCUS
Loyola University Chicago encourages all students completing an Engaged Learning class to document their site and project information and learning objectives in LOCUS. This information is used for institutional research and documentation; however, most important to you, it is used for risk management/insurance purposes and to substantiate your fieldwork experience. Follow the instructions on this webpage to enter your information. If your organization is not present in LOCUS, please skip to 2:30 in the video tutorial for instructions to request the organization be added. Any Loyola University Chicago departmental work will be present under the department's name.