Service Learning Perspective
Credits earned while serving the community!
Service-Learning is a structured experiential learning experience that provides students with the opportunity to meet academic objectives through provision of community service. Ideally, students work with community members to identify needs, develop and implement projects to meet those needs and then reflect on the value of the experience for the community and themselves.
About the Courses
A service learning (SL) course is one in which service learning is central and essential to the course content and goals. While service learning designated courses are usually 200 or higher level courses, service learning projects may also be a component of lower level courses (ex: IDS).
A service learning course is one that contains a service learning project with the following characteristics:
- Can occur individually, in small groups, or as a class project.
- The activity is conceived, planned, and implemented in collaboration with our community partners. One of the fundamental goals of service learning is to provide participating community partners the opportunity to receive meaningful service that will help these organizations and agencies meet their needs.
- The project is designed to be mutually beneficial to both the service learning student participants and service recipients.
- Participating students provide purposeful service in an effort to develop a sense of social responsibility and to foster social change.
- The activity is reflected upon and evaluated by the faculty and students in order to facilitate the connection between practice and theory as well as to exercise critical thinking about the project and its purpose in the community.
- An evaluation of the student's participation is calculated as part of the course grade.
A student who does not complete a service learning project cannot pass a service learning designated course.
Approved Courses (PDF)
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