What is Service-Learning?
Academic Service-Learning is a method of instruction where students learn and develop
through active participation in thoughtfully organized service that:
- Is integrated into and enhances academic and co-curricular learning
- Is conducted in and meets the needs of the community
- Is coordinated with an institution of higher education and community partners
- Helps foster civic responsibility
- Includes structured time for the students to reflect on the service experience.
- Adapted from the Corporation for National and Community Service
Academic Service-Learning courses strive to meet the following three goals:
- Integrate the course or program learning objectives with the service experience
- Develop a life-long commitment to service and civic engagement
- Fulfill an identified need in the community
Academic Service-learning is a credit-bearing, educational experience in which students
participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs
and reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding
of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense
of self-awareness and commitment to social justice.
How can the Volunteer & Service-Learning Center help you?
- Give ideas and examples of possible service-learning projects
- Provide contacts to community agencies and officials supportive of service-learning
- Assist in developing community partnerships
- Help students identify useful service-learning projects
- Direct you to useful resources to learn more about service-learning
- Guide you in designating your course as a service-learning course