Students are encouraged to embrace both Caring Thinking and Entrepreneurial Thinking in their work by advancing their project to address problems and issues in the community, through CBL.
Community-Based Learning (CBL) brings authenticity to the classroom by offering students the opportunity to apply their disciplinary knowledge with thinking and research skills; and living their values, supported by a compassionate heart and an enterprising mind to look at everyday real-life issues.
It is hoped that by adding realism and hence relevance to their learning, students will be more interested and motivated to actively engage in their learning to solve real world problems in meaningful ways that benefit the community. Hopefully this will also bring to their intrinsic realization of the role they play in the larger social context, developing their caring thinking.
To the educators, CBL provides the opportunity to enhance the concepts and skills taught by using “community as a classroom” to help students make sense of their learning. CBL also provides a platform for interdisciplinary work, for the real-world problems are often multi-dimensional, especially issues involving people. The role of the educators is not to identify aspects of the problem for the students to solve, but for the students to define the problems, and seek answers to their own questions, thus nurturing their entrepreneurial thinking.
In 2018, five project categories will be actively promoting CBL. These are: Inventions, Resource Development, Service Learning, InfoComm, and Future Trends.