What is Service-Learning?
Service-Learning is a course-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which students take part in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs. Faculty take the lead in developing the courses, which use the service component as an extension of traditional coursework. This will enrich your students’ academic experiences and help you to discover improved teaching methods for increasing their engagement with the course material.
How do I get started?
If you’re ready to find out more about creating a Service-Learning course, explore the resources under the “Faculty” tab on our website. You can also contact us at Service-Learning to get started.
There are many benefits to incorporating Service-Learning into your courses. Service-Learning is a method of teaching and learning that enriches academic experiences and lifelong learning by engaging students in meaningful, hands-on service in the community. Key components to Service-Learning include:
- Connecting Service with Learning — academically rigorous, meaningful service with a significant positive impact upon those involved
- Reflection — assessment of personal and community needs, reflection on participation, and evaluation of progress
- Reciprocity — both the student and community partner give and receive time, energy, knowledge and creativity
- Critical Thinking — involvement in situations conducive to creative, effective problem-solving
- Social Responsibility — expansion of student's compassion, civic awareness and desire to be engaged in the community
- Experiential Learning — use of direct experience and hands-on learning to develop skills useful in future careers, family life and community involvement
- Needs-Based — project based on community-identified needs