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Praxis Course Design and Support
The College is a member of PHENND (the Philadelphia Higher Education Network of Neighborhood Development) and Pennsylvania Campus Compact. Both of these organizations have syllabi directories and will provide technical assistance to faculty from member institutions.
Liv Raddatz and Tiffany Stahl will consult with faculty who want to incorporate a community-based learning component into an existing or new course.
Course development grants have been available through Civic Engagement in the past, through outside grants that our office has obtained. Currently, course development funding is not available from our office but may be available through the Provost’s Office.
Praxis and Civic Engagement have established many connections with community based organizations in the region and will share this network with faculty who are looking for ways of building a community-based learning component into a course.
Some of the most helpful advice about Praxis course design comes from other faculty who have already taught Praxis courses. We are in touch with many BMC and HC faculty who are teaching community-based learning courses in a variety of disciplines and would be glad to make suggestions about whom to contact. Praxis Coordinators are happy to work with faculty on their courses at any stage of development.
Field Placement Development and Coordination
Praxis staff members Liv Raddatz and Tiffany Stahl are available to work with faculty teaching Praxis courses.
Each faculty-Praxis Coordinator team functions differently, depending on the needs of the course, the level of Praxis Coordinator involvement desired by the professor, and the background and availability of the Praxis Coordinator.
Typically, the Praxis Coordinator develops and coordinates student placements for the course. This includes identifying appropriate placements for the course, matching students with field sites, maintaining regular communication with the field supervisors (including at least one on-site visit during the semester), troubleshooting as needed, and administering evaluations of the field placement experience.
The Praxis Coordinator is also available to assist with the design of the Fieldwork Agreement form, and to facilitate an in-class Orientation to Fieldwork session as well as in-class reflection and discussion. Typically, the Praxis Coordinator attends class at least once a week to become familiar with the course material and get to know the students.
The Praxis Coordinator may also be available to bring in speakers or visitors from the community organization/s that the course is partnered with. Funding is also available from the Praxis budget for speaker honoraria.
Students in Praxis courses receive reimbursement for their transportation expenses.
In some cases, Praxis can also fund transportation for group field trips.
Groups of students in Praxis courses can travel in BMC vans if the group has a certified BMC van driver. Van reservations and the costs associated with this travel are covered by Civic Engagement.