Basic Requirements for Service-Learning Offerings
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Six steps to incorporate Service-Learning:
- Integrate S-L into syllabus and/or create S-L assignment handout for students. Send to the S-L office.
- You post all syllabi to the repository, so only assignment sheets should be sent to the S-L office.
- Either way, students should see the ONE S-L course learning "outcome" and your class-specific rationale for service.
Do they "get" what to do and how it'll be important to their learning of your material?
- Students who are serving at community sites should do at least 10 hours of S-L. According to research, 20 hours is an ideal amount of "face time" to effect change and significant development in the service-learning student. Serving for 20+ hours also helps our community organizers see the benefits of the training they've given students.
- Candice can help introduce S-L to your class; please email to set up.
- All S-L students must register online
- Facilitate student reflection
- Offer written and/or oral prompts (click for samples)
- As you cover material in class, ask students for insights/examples from their S-L experience..
Whether or not they opted for S-L, all your students should understand why you offered S-L in your course.
- Follow up: Did we honor commitment to the community? Does the S-L office have complete records of your students' service hours?
- Attrition? Technical/logistical problems? Just communicate.
The S-L office can help manage the community relationship, IF we know what's going on.
- We'll send you an end-of-semester report, with everything your students submit.
Please SEND US any other data you may have.
- Turn in evidence to the S-L office.
- Share raw evidence of progress toward S-L Course Learning Outcome:
How did students demonstrate that they understood the connection between the service experience and the course content?
- Typically, this is easily assessed through written reflections. All we need is the "raw material" from students.
You don't have to process anything (except for your own grading purposes).
- Share work at S-L Day. We can pick up and store anything you have to share.
- Our annual celebration of S-L needs submissions from both Fall and Spring semesters.
We accept submissions year round; for the dates of our 'official' acceptance period, click here.
- Posters, presentations, photos, etc. are all welcome.
- We can help prepare displays year-round.
General Learning Outcomes
As a result of the Service-Learning experience, students will:
- demonstrate an understanding of the connections between academic work and real-life situations. [This is a COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME]
- demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to their role in issues of public concern.**
- demonstrate how service-learning increased their interest in being civically engaged.**
**The second and third are PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
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