Service Learning integrates community service with learning and reflection. A service learning project will enrich the learning experience, give students real world experiences to apply to the concepts they are learning, teach civic responsibility, and build relationships in the community. A stipend is awarded for successful completion of a Service Learning project in your course. There are many resources available to assist you- contact Amy Kausler at email@example.com or ex. 3317 anytime to arrange an appointment, ask a question, or to discuss the Service Learning Form.
Requirements for a Service Learning project:
- The experience must connect with at least one course learning outcome.
- The instructor defines the scope of the project and assigns points to it. The weight of the project should be from 10-40% of the total points in the class.
- The Service Learning project is usually required, but could be optional if it takes the place of another assignment.
- Service Learning does not need to be incorporated into all sections of a course.
- Service Learning can be integrated into online, hybrid, or face-to-face classes in any discipline.
- The instructor may find a community partner, or students may be responsible for finding their own.
- The project must fulfill a need, or be a "service" the community partner desires.
- Reflection is required to complete the Service Learning project. Each student must reflect upon:
- Did the project enhance my learning and help me master the learning outcome?
- By completing this project, am I more likely to engage in community service in the future?
Service Learning Project Ideas:
Hints for a successful Service Learning project:
- Brainstorm ideas for Service Learning projects as you review your course learning outcomes.
- Make a list of obstacles students may face (transportation, time/scheduling, extra expenses) and be ready to tackle them.
- Contact potential community partners and explain your ideas.
- After you have collaborated with the community partner and worked out the project details, make sure you send the partner a copy of the project.
- If students are responsible for securing their own community partner, set the guidelines for that process.
- Start EARLY in the semester.
- Break the assignment into chunks.
- Assign points and due dates to each chunk and have a proposed timeline from start to finish.
- Start small.
- Search Service Learning and you will find ideas for courses in all disciplines. Read through some in your area- you will be amazed at the possibilities.
- Contact Amy Kausler with questions or to arrange an appointment (firstname.lastname@example.org, or ex. 3317). Several other faculty members in various disciplines have also planned successful Service Learning projects: Terry Kite, Susan Todd, Cindy Rossi, and Suzie Welch. Your division chair can also answer your questions.