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