Reflective Decision-Making: Social Impact Lab Toolkit Applied to a 4th Year Engineering Capstone Course

Series: CTLT Institute

Event Date & Time

  • December 14, 2023
    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Event Description


This event is part of the CTLT Winter Institute, taking place from December 11-15, 2023.

Are you designing or teaching a course with learning outcomes related to teamwork, project management and risk, or student self-reflection?

The department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) and the Centre for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL) developed a series of workshops for the ECE Capstone Design course. These workshops were based on CCEL’s Social Impacts Lab (SIL) toolkit that was developed using critical service learning theory. In this workshop, they will share what they have learned, and encourage you to reflect on how you can apply critical service learning principles in your course.

After attending this workshop the participants will be able to:

  • Define critical service learning and understand how it contrasts with traditional service learning
  • Identify the five critical service learning themes that make up the SIL toolkit and how they relate to outcomes-based learning in engineering
  • Explore students’ experience of the SIL toolkit in the context of an industry-based Capstone design course in electrical and computer engineering
  • Have space to reflect on the application of the SIL toolkit to their courses and on the techniques demonstrated in the workshop


  • Paul Lusina, Ph.D., P.Eng. Lecturer, Dept. Electrical & Computer Engineering;
  • Bruce Moghtader, Centre for Community Engaged Living, UBC