"Service-learning is education in action: developing critical-thinking and problem-solving skills; taking on real issues such as hunger, homelessness, and diversity; and valuing people of all ages as citizens with talents to offer." (www.nylc.org)
Service-learning courses have the potential to be some of the most meaningful courses in a student's academic career. Service-learning courses offer faculty members the opportunity to provide students with the chance to apply course concepts in a real-work situation and see the value of their education in preparing them to improve the community and world. Service-learning is a method of instruction in which students learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully designed service that:
Is integrated into and enhances academic learning;
Meets an identified community need;
Includes structured time for students to reflect on their service experience and connection to course content.
The Civic and Community Engagemnt Office can provide faculty who are interested in incorporating service-learning into their class with any of the following services:
Syllabus support (creation and alterations);
Identification and design of service-learning projects;
Providing community organization contact information;
Facilitating faculty and community organization meetings;
In-class student orientations to introduce service-learning framework, project, and community organization;
Scheduling students and coordinating other practical logistics;
On-going communication with community organization throughout the semester;
Problem-solving and trouble-shooting issues that arise;
Faculty training on service-learning pedagogy and implementation;
Identifying resources (articles, books, reflection activity examples);
Facilitation of the service-learning course designation process.
Identify learning objectives which the service-learning experience will meet.
Identify a community partner & establish a project with the help of the Civic and Community Engagement Office.
Communicate with the Civic and Community Engagement Office, community partners, & students throughout the semester.
Provide students with structured reflection activities to relate the experience back to the course.
Evaluate the students’ learning based on course content.
The Civic and Community Engagement Office provides faculty with a variety of resources for their professional development, including:
Opportunities for networking, continuing education, and sharing expertise;
Introduction to Service-Learning Training;
Assessment and evaluation tools.
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