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Service Learning

Faculty & Staff

Benefits of Service Learning

The utilization of Service Learning as a teaching pedagogy is beneficial for all parties involved including students, faculty and staff members and community partners.

Faculty and staff members may benefit in the following ways:

  • Providing new areas for scholarship and research
  • Linking course content to the real world
  • Providing students with employment contacts
  • Instilling a sense of civic responsibility in students
  • Collaborating with the broader community
  • Receiving additional sources of support from the Office of Service Learning and Community Engagement

Service Learning Course Development and Designation Process

  1. Faculty member participates in Service Learning Course Development Training
    1. Offered through Service Learning and Community Engagement Office.
    2. Webinar available for checkout from the OSLACE throughout the year
  2. Obtain department approval to have course designated as an SL course.
  3. Develop course according to these guidelines:
    1. have a required service component that enables students to meet specific academic objectives of the course
    2. enable students to provide a needed service to the community
    3. include a structured opportunity for student reflection such as journals, writing assignments, formal discussions, or presentations
    4. identify a method of assessing student learning derived from the service activity(ies)
    5. ensure that no student is required to perform a service that pose him or her  a moral conflict.
  4. Submit the following documents to SLACE committee:
    1. Course syllabus
    2. Service learning course designation request form
  5. SLACE Committee evaluates course using course designation rubric
  6. SLACE Committee chair meets with faculty member regarding recommended revisions, if applicable
  7. SLACE Committee submits course designation recommendation to registrar’s office