service-learning course design
Let’s start out by defining our terms. The definition of service-learning differentiates it from volunteering and old-fashioned community service.
It is true that there are many definitions about service-learning floating around, some since the 1970s. In fact, everyone reading this probably has one. But this definition is a solid working one, succinctly covering the distinctives:
Civic engagement is educationally effective because students who actively apply their knowledge to real-world situations learn more academic content while also developing higher-order skills. In addition, civic engagement increases students’ interpersonal effectiveness, their ability to collaborate across diverse perspectives, and their sense of self-efficacy to make a positive difference in the world. This seminar will teach you how to make it work in your courses, regardless of the discipline you teach.
Online Seminar • Recorded on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
Service-learning courses offer a combination of academic content, service experience, and critical reflection. To make service-learning successful, consider the following recommendations from Barbara Jacoby, Faculty Associate for Leadership and Community Service-Learning at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Many faculty members may believe that service learning and distance education are mutually exclusive endeavors. However, David Pratt, associate professor of education and coordinator of learning and technology for Purdue University North Central, has found otherwise. He has successfully integrated a service learning component into an online course, and the lessons he has learned are applicable for anyone planning to do likewise.
Students traveling off campus to perform service-oriented projects can create legal risks you might not have considered. Before you send another group of students into the community, you need to conduct a thorough examination of your outreach programming to ensure that you are not overlooking any potential risk factors.
audio Online Seminar • Recorded on Thursday, March 22nd, 2012
While it is easy to see how service-learning meshes with courses in the social sciences, public health and education, can it work equally well in other areas, such as the hard sciences and the humanities?
Yes. While service-learning is not appropriate for every course, it can and does work well in every discipline. No matter the discipline, research has shown that service-learning helps students identify and examine the “big questions” and the social context in which the disciplines are situated.
Whether you’re just getting your feet wet and want to know more about designing a successful service-learning course, or you’re looking to make improvements to a service-learning course you’re already teaching, let this white paper guide you to mastery and success.
A biology class works with a local environmental organization to test water samples from the Chesapeake Bay. A graphics design class helps a non-profit organization build a new website. A childhood development class serves as mentors to at-risk students in an after-school program.
Faculty members who enrich their teaching with service-learning help their students explore the connections between the classroom and the critical questions facing local and global society. Creating an effective and meaningful service-learning course requires careful planning and logistical know-how. Get an insightful explanation of the workings of a successful service-learning course.