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Service-Learning Course Design: What Faculty Need to Know
More colleges and universities are adding service-learning to their general educational offerings and many faculty members would like to design and teach a service-learning course. It’s no wonder — with its unique mix of academic content, service experience and critical reflection, service-learning is a high-impact educational practice.
While conducting a service-learning course is intriguing to faculty, many may lack the know-how of running a successful course. Service-Learning Course Design: What Faculty Need to Know will provide you with the resources and insight you need. This white paper explains the rationale and provides the “how-to” details of designing and teaching a service-learning course.
With a service-learning course, students deepen their understanding of course content, mix theory with practice, and increase their understanding of the complexity of social issues – all valuable workplace skills. Community organizations benefit from the surge of new ideas, energy, and assistance as their delivery services are enhanced. Faculty members find it stimulating to explore the connections between their discipline and critical questions facing our global society.
You’ll be guided by author Barbara Jacoby, PhD. a nationally recognized expert in service-learning and the senior scholar for the Adele H. Stamp Student Union – Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Jacoby facilitates initiatives involving academic partnerships, assessment, civic engagement, scholarship, and learning.
In this 39-page white paper, you’ll learn:
- The two elements that make service-learning unique – and why they must be integrated into the course design.
- How to use a service-learning course design across the various disciplines.
- How to align pedagogies with desired outcomes.
- Building a successful partnership with a community organization.
- Assessing service-learning course design.
- How to create an effective syllabus.
- Avoiding potential design problems.
As a bonus, you’ll receive a list of valuable print and online resources and a comprehensive checklist that will guide you in all phases of design and execution of a successful service-learning offering.
Successful outcomes are possible with the aid of a well-designed and well-taught service-learning course. But it doesn’t happen by itself. Whether you’re just getting your feet wet and want to know more about designing a successful service-learning course, or integrate it into a course you’re already teaching, let this white paper guide you to mastery and success.
A Campus Access License is available for an additional $200. It allows the purchasing institution to load the white paper onto the institution’s password-protected internal web site for unlimited access by members of the campus community.
Service-Learning Course Design: What Faculty Need to Know is based on a popular seminar of the same title that Dr. Jacoby delivered on April 14, 2010. Dr. Jacoby writes and consults extensively and makes numerous speeches and presentations across the country. Her institution and professional associations have recognized her outstanding work on behalf of commuter students and service-learning.
In addition, she is the author of three books on service-learning: Service-Learning in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices (Jossey-Bass, 1996), Building Partnerships for Service-Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2003), and Looking In / Reaching Out: A Reflective Guide for Community Service-Learning (with Pamela Mutascio, Campus Compact, in press).
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