Community-Engaged Courses

We aspire to get out of our “ivory tower” and reach out to our community. This cluster aims to promote social awareness and academic projects based on collaboration with the community. The work you will carry out in these courses is a “win-win” situation: on the one hand, a contribution and involvement in the community, and on the other hand, an enriching learning experience of the social world, which goes beyond theory and ideas. Community service courses give you a “hands-on” approach for expanding your knowledge about society, politics and culture. In some of them you will also be able to put into practice your skills in design, technology, or engineering for the mutual benefit of the community and yourself.


The learning process in these courses is based on students’ experience through working with people in the community, and is complemented by academic perspectives (discussions, papers, projects, etc.) to shed light on social issues, such as poverty, education, civil society and marginalization. These courses offer a unique experience that crosses the boundaries between academic theory and social practice.



Young Linguists - Learning through Interactive Gamification 
This course is intended for teaching students ways of constructing a framework for teaching young children (5th graders) a foreign language (in this case – English), making use of gamification interfaces and interaction.

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Gender Equality within the Community 

This course presents concepts dealing with gender: sex, gender, feminism etc.
The course deals with the differences between men and women: evolutionary, biological, psychological, cognitive and behavioral, educational and occupational, and discusses other issues such as: sexual harassment, differences between men and women, and role playing, family-work balance and women's health.


Training “Green Ambassadors" 

The course has significantly increased the awareness and accessibility of knowledge regarding ecology and environment to the students themselves and to the community.
As part of this course students were exposed to the Arab society and pupils of the fifth and sixth grades of the Alumeria school in Ramle. This is in the framework of a general policy at HIT to encourage Multiculturalism and Cultural Competence.


An Introduction to Design of Assistive Technologies  

This course operates within the framework of the MADE laboratory - a multidisciplinary laboratory that develops and designs technology for people with special needs. 
Students, together with the instructors and other professionals, work to empower children and adults with disabilities and special needs by developing innovative technological tools that provide independence and substantial experiences.