Campus Compact “Fusion Course: Enhancing Online Education through Community-Based Learning”

Dear Faculty, 

I hope this finds you as well as possible in this difficult time. 

Vassar’s Mellon-funded Community-Engaged Intensives in the Humanities (CEIH) initiative is pleased to invite faculty to participate in a professional development opportunity, offered by Campus Compact, entitled “Fusion Course: Enhancing Online Education through Community-Based Learning.” The course will allow faculty to explore ways of integrating community-based learning into their existing curricula in the context of online instruction. CEIH will pay registration fees for up to 10 faculty. Details of the course, including dates offered, can be found here: 

If you are interested, please send a brief (one paragraph) statement of interest to Lisa Kaul ( by Friday, July 10, 2020. 

Best wishes, 

Lisa Kaul and William Hoynes (Co-PIs) 


Course Description: 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many institutions had to rapidly shift from in-person to online learning. The Fusion Course aims to provide critical training and support for faculty as they adapt to online teaching and offers instruction for how to integrate community engagement methodologies into existing curricula to improve the quality of course delivery and foster student engagement.
Through this faculty development course, learn how to infuse community-based learning into online courses to give students hands-on, real-world experience that will strengthen learning, create connections to the larger community, and improve student retention rates.
Three sessions will be offered this summer:
  • July 13-24
  • July 28-31 (accelerated one-week session)
  • August 3-14