Community-Based Experiential Learning/Field Placement Experience

Are you a Carleton student (or student group) involved in a community engagement project?

If so, we would like to give you a chance to share your experiences, network with potential future community partners, employers, professors and fellow-students online and in person on February 27, 8:30am–1:00pm. You might even go home that day with one of Carleton’s Community Engagement Awards valued at $250 for undergraduates, and another $250 for graduates. Registration for the 5th Annual Carleton U Community Connections Event is now open! Lunch and refreshments will be provided at this free event.

Deadline: February 5, 2020 by 11:59pm.

This year, we are inviting students to submit a 1 to 3-minute video regarding their community engagement projects (e.g., field placement or experiential learning experiences). Community engagement projects are broadly defined to include everything from course-based projects undertaken in cooperation with external organizations (e.g. NGOs, governments, and businesses) to extra-curricular activities (e.g. alternative spring break) that involve working with local or international partners. The common denominator is a partnership between Carleton students and community organizations for the public good.

Your audience for this video is fellow students, faculty members, and community partners all considering taking a risk in collaborating in a project, and we want you to convince them to do so!

After a quick introduction of the project and the community partner, we ask you to quickly convey the joys and tribulations of your experience: What things did you learn that no course could have taught you?; What are your fondest memories?; What is the value add to your project from your community-based partner?; What challenges did you face, and how were these overcome? What advice would you give to either a faculty member, community partner or student embarking on a similar venture?

For examples of award-winning community projects featured in past community engagement events at Carleton, see the entries for 2019’s video contest here.

Creativity is allowed and encouraged; your video does not have to be a recording of an in-person presentation. Rather, it could include animations, whiteboard designs, images and more.

The video must be submitted by February 5, 2020 by 11:59pm.

Please note the following guidelines regarding student video submissions:

  1. Student videos can be based on any aspect of a previous or current community engagement experience (e.g., field placement or experiential learning experiences). Students can develop and submit videos individually or as a group.
  2. Videos must be 1 to 3 minutes in length. The original video file and link to the video (e.g., YouTube, Vimeo, etc) should be submitted via email to:
  3. All videos will be entered into a competition for a student/group award valued at $500. There will be two separate competitions; undergraduate and graduate student submissions will be judged separately. $250 will be awarded to the winner(s) of each category.
  4. The number of hours spent on developing the video may be included in Carleton’s co-curricular record. Depending on the nature of the video, the course instructor may consider some of the hours spent on making the video as a part of the student’s placement hours. Please follow-up with your course instructor.
  5. Students are encouraged to discuss their ideas for a video with their course instructor and supervisor. Please make sure to address any ethical concerns or issues in advance before approaching potential individuals to participate in your video. Students should be especially careful about developing videos if they work with vulnerable groups (e.g., children/youth, patients, etc).
  6. Videos must be shown to the course instructor and supervisor prior to submission. No videos should be submitted or posted online without consulting with the course instructor, experiential learning supervisor(s), and the community partner. Video Consent Form.
  7. The videos will be on display at the 6th Annual Connecting Carleton & Community Event!

We look forward to receiving your video submission.

If you have any questions, please contact the following individuals:
Danette Nearing-Guibord, Email:
Sonia Gulati, Email: