Students may be required to complete a community-based activity as part of a course. This supervised student work in community is important to capture for the Institution to understand all the ways in which engagement is occurring, and to fully report on the faculty's teaching role.
The course requirements vary. All students may focus on just one activity/partner. In other courses students may split into teams that work with different partners on multiple projects. And in other courses each student may be required to find their own partner and activity, resulting in a course that has 20 or more partner stories.
The Faculty or Instructor needs to determine what data to capture in Collaboratory. Consider the following options:
- If all in the class are working on the same activity (e.g., taking on one project with one partner), or the same kind of activity (e.g., 12 student pairs each conduct a marketing plan for a community organization), then the faculty/staff member overseeing the course can complete one activity record, reporting on the work in aggregate. In the example of the student pairs working on marketing plans, the activity could focus on the marketing plan purpose and goals, with each community organization being listed as a collaborator.
- If there are multiple activities involving multiple partners, the faculty/staff member may create multiple activities. So if the course divides into five teams all working with a different partner or on a different project, the faculty or staff member can create five activities.
- If students are required to find their own activities and partners, you may require students to report data directly into Collaboratory. They can do that through the Collaboratory's Be a Proxy function. If you choose this option, consider including directions in your syllabus.