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Service Learning

Service Learning involves a teaching methodology in which faculty purposefully connect course learning outcomes involving a range of learning activities to meet identified community needs in a meaningful way.  Every semester, many faculty elect to integrate service learning into their classes.  Faculty members may choose to collaborate with any of our Community Partners or they may work with Experiential Learning staff to create a new partnership.  Students gain real-world experience and receive an Academic Service Learning Designation on their transcript.

 

Teaching & Learning Outcomes

  • Service learning offers certain advantages over the traditional classroom.  Students become more engaged in the classroom minimizing passive student participation.
  • When service learning is an integral part of the course, the student assumes greater responsibility in defining the educational experience, and has a greater opportunity to appreciate education as an evolving process.
  • As co-inquirers, students are encouraged to develop and test their skills of communication, critical thinking, personal responsibility, andsocial responsibility in an applied settings.
  • Service-learning connects students to a defined community need for purposes of achieving a common goal and thereby can contribute to their affective, civic, and social development.
 

Interested in learning more about service learning?

1. Contact our Service Learning Faculty Scholar.

     Leigh Kleinert M.H.S.

2. Participate in a Professional Development activity.

  • One-on-One
  • Drop-in session at the Center for Teaching Excellence

 

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