Service Learning and Community Engagement (SLCE)

Tools in this section provide support for integrating SLCE in your courses, including the basic nuts & bolts. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Service Learning and Partnerships Specialist, Ruth Yow.

Community-Engaged Courses Playbook

Based on the successful receipt of the playbook in public offices and neighborhood associations across the city, the playbook has been adapted to serve as a Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS) tool, to help Georgia Tech faculty and staff design and lead successful community engagement initiatives that follow best practices for working with community partners.


SLCE Nuts & Bolts

“What strategies and resources are available to me to integrate community engagement into my teaching?”

This section of the toolkit is your answer.  It offers you guidance about service learning and community engagement (SLCE) organized into the following six categories: Taking Students off Campus, Building a Strong Foundation, Collaborating with Partners, Documenting SLCE and Turning it into Research, and SLCE and Student Learning.  It is a living resource, and we will be updating it frequently.  Please contact Ruthie Yow, SLS Service Learning and Partnerships Specialist ( with your ideas for improving it!

Smart Cities Kit

The Smart Cities Kit is a set of hands-on materials that supports collaborative scenario building activities. These activities can foster a greater understanding of smart-cities as socio-technical systems. Through these activities, students should develop an appreciation for how smart cities technologies fit or don’t fit into the fabric of everyday life in the city. The kit requires no background knowledge in design or participatory methods. It can be customized for specific technologies or scenarios, and it can be used across the curriculum. The Smart City tool is available for check-out from the Serve-Learn-Sustain office.

Each kit imagines a team of 5-10 students, but it is possible to make a single kit stretch over twenty students. Email us for more details, and to inquire about check-out. 

Exploring Asset-Based Community Development: The Parkway Community

The Parkway Community ABCD Exercise invites students to engage in an exercise to explore what it means to take an asset-based approach to community development (“an ABCD” approach), versus a “needs” or “deficit” approach. Students are broken into groups and given a description of the Parkway Community. One group is given a list of assets while another group is given a list of needs. Students come up with recommendations for a nonprofit to engage with the community and then compare and contrast the recommendations. The exercise concludes with an explanation of ABCD principles.