In order for the community-based component to link to the faculty or staff member's desired learning outcomes, there are some important steps to consider early on in the planning process of a CBTL course, project or activity. For instance, it's important to realize that the relationship with the community partner should begin at least a semester prior to the course or activity. As this is the building block for the off-campus experience, a good relationship should be built early on. Other issues arise during and after the course. The basic timeline below helps faculty and staff plan for all of the logistics involved in a CBTL, course, project or activity. The timeline is for planning, implementing and assessing CBTL experiences. It's meant as a general guideline and may need tweaks based on course/activity content, level of engagement, personal preferences and whether or not the experience has been conducted before.
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