Community Based Learning & Research

UW Bothell students helping vaccinate kids in Guatemala

Community-Based Learning & Research

A community-based learning and research (CBLR) course is a credit-bearing educational experience in which students participate in an organized activity (direct service, research, creative process, advocacy, consulting) in collaboration with a community entity (organization, industry, business, K-12 schools, local government) for the purpose of mutual beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. Adapted from Bringle and Hatcher (1996) & the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


Visit the student resources page to view CBLR courses and projects, register for EXPO, discover volunteer opportunities, scholarships, and post graduate services.


The success of community-based learning relies on the fit between a course's academic goals, community-based opportunities, and thoughtful integration of community-based learning with course content. Read the steps in planning a CBLR course by visiting the faculty resources page.

Community Partners

Community-based learning (also known as service-learning) describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities for the reciprocal exchange of knowledge and resources.  To get involved, visit the partner resources page.

Want to learn more?


Layla Taylor

CBLR Program Manager
Box 358569

Impact stories

Haya Majeed, left, and Rachel Lee

Students introduce young pupils to coding

UW Bothell's office of CBLR supports a unique partnership with the University Family YMCA where computer science students teach kids to code. 

Read about coding

Alex Khem, left, and John Son

Class project connects students to their culture

During a class project, John Son helped the Burke Museum staff prepare artifacts for the move to a new building.

Read about the project