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Community-Engaged Research (CEnR) is a collaborative process between university- and community-based researchers that creates and disseminates knowledge and creative works. CEnR is an approach to research that identifies the assets of all stakeholders and incorporates them in the design and implementation of the different phases of the research process. CEnR purposefully strives to ensure that all stakeholders benefit.

This 3 credit-hour, doctoral-level, online course provides students and participants with connected learning experiences and tools to explore the philosophy and techniques of CEnR. Connected learning is a nontraditional educational approach that leverages social media and other digital technologies to promote connection, integration, transformation, and amplification of ideas across space, time, and disciplines. It parallels CEnR in that both seek to promote powerful engagement in learning and research through openness and collaborative curiosity.

Prerequisites: completion of a graduate-level research methods course or research experience. 


The core questions we will investigate during this course are:

  1. What is community-engaged research (CEnR)?
  2. How do we understand CEnR as a research perspective rather than as a specific method or technique?
  3. How do we build and maintain collaborative research partnerships involving stakeholders within and beyond the university?
  4. How do we design and implement CEnR?
  5. How do we ensure that CEnR is mutually beneficial for all stakeholders?
  6. How can we disseminate and translate research findings in ways that are accessible to a diverse audiences?


By the end of the eight-week course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe CEnR as a research perspective that is associated with certain methods.
  2. Apply the CEnR perspective to designing their own research.
  3. Describe strategies that sustain mutually-beneficial research partnerships.
  4. Develop a funding proposal for a CEnR project in their area of interest.
  5. Employ various social media outlets to identify and collaborate with partners and creatively disseminate CEnR findings and products.

And students will learn how to learn. Check out this information on connected learning written by Laura Gogia.


We will use four main learning activities for this course. Each week you will:

  • Participate in Twitter discussions about course-related readings and case studies;
  • Blog a community-engaged research proposal
  • Blog critical reflections (Intellections)
  • Develop digital communication skills through creative makes.

See the Week at a Glance for details about all the assignments for the week.


A = 90-100; B = 80-89; C = 70-79; D = 60-69; F = below 60

Please see your spreadsheet to track your grades.

*This content was last updated in January 2016.