Using value-based partnerships to support community engaged learning : benefits, challenges, stakeholder perspectives

Zelenko, Oksana & Creyton, Mark (2012) Using value-based partnerships to support community engaged learning : benefits, challenges, stakeholder perspectives. In AUCEA 2012 : 9th Annual Engagement Australia International Conference on Community Engaged Learning : ’Next Steps: Community Engaged Learning’, 9-11 July 2012, Queensland University of Technology Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane, Australia. (Unpublished)

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Increasingly, the not-for-profit sector, as an emerging contributor to the creative economy, is creating a context for engaging creative practitioners in developing solutions to complex problems, triggering a demand for skills and knowledge needed to address this complexity. Across the university and community contexts alternative models of engagement are emerging to support this dynamic.

This paper presents a case study of a creative project in which a value-based approach is used to foster a collaborative partnership between community partners and a multidisciplinary team of final year Creative Industries students who in the course of the project developed a range of communication resources, including a social media campaign, an interactive game and a series of short films to support volunteer engagement and leadership initiatives. The paper considers the implications this values approach has for the design of service learning curriculum for multidisciplinary creative teams and the potential it has to support meaningful collaboration between creatives and the not-for-profit sector. It further explores how it impact on student and partner engagement, learning outcomes and the benefits for the partner organisation.

The paper concludes that a value-based approach to university-community engagement has the potential to support and enable a greater degree of reciprocity, deeper engagement between stakeholders and greater relevance of the final outcome.

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ID Code: 71776
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: Creative industries, not-for profit, values, community-based learning
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Digital and Interaction Design (120304)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Deposited On: 18 May 2014 22:40
Last Modified: 18 May 2014 22:40

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