In Activity-Based Learning courses, students do public service, fieldwork, community-based research and internships in conjunction with in-class work. ABL pedagogy aims to enrich students’ academic experience and learning outcomes by connecting theory with practice, and concepts with methods, using data and insight they obtain through engagement with the larger world.
Some courses place students in specific community settings; over 50 non-profit organizations throughout greater Boston have collaborated with ABL courses, often in conjunction with Harvard's Phillips Brooks House Association and programs.
The Mindich Program for Engaged Scholarship provides the infrastructure for faculty to connect public service work with the curriculum, and works with Engaged Scholarship courses. The Mindich program’s web page lists examples of current Engaged Scholarship courses.