Institutionalisation of Engaged Learning in Mahasarakham University, Thailand
Service learning or engaged learning are strategies that influence better learning outcomes and produce benefits to both learner and the community. The faculty and students who work with communities experience the problems of the community and derive solutions whereby all can gain reflective benefits, and in the
process they tend to understand their own learning as a function of their experiences. There are many education models for teaching and learning wherein service learning incorporates transferring the classroom learning to the actual beneficiaries (community), and it is an experience by itself for a learner as a real life situation. The institutionalisation of ‘engaged learning’ provides an equal partnership and responsibility to each stakeholder who may be an individual or an
organisation (university and community setting). In this partnership, each one has its own role and reflective benefits. Mahasarakham University (MSU) has
created the 4-in-1 model for ‘engaged learning’ integrated to its core curriculum. The institutionalisation of ‘engaged learning’ is one of the goals
at MSU; it has a clear priority to update the course objective and curriculum in line with the best practices in these programs which are evaluated by a
committee appointed by the university.