A teaching and learning strategy/pedagogy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection in an academic course to enrich the student learning experience, instill a sense of civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.
Courses should have three basic criteria to be considered service-learning:
(1) Relevant and meaningful service with the community;
(2) enhanced academic learning; and
(3) purposeful civic learning.
There are a number of helpful resources available to you as you discern how best to integrate a service-learning component in your course:
The Center for Civic Engagement maintains a small library of resources maintains a small library of resources, including course design workbooks that could be very helpful. You can reserve these items by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional resources can be found in the university library. The Center staff is available for consultation and assistance in designing your course. They can be particularly helpful in connecting you to potential resources and helping you establish relationships with community partners.
Finally, take advantage of a number of the professional development opportunities to help you design a new course. See the list of offerings here.
Once you have integrated the service learning component into your course, be sure to designate it in the course registration available on our Designate a Course page.
How do I develop relationships with community partners?