What is Service Learning?  Why include Service Learning?

What Is Service Learning? 

"Service-Learning [S-L] is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities."* 

For instructors, the key to designing successful student learning experiences lies in integrating what students learning in your course with what students do in the S-L project. 

Universities typically offer three types of community experiences.  Volunteering primarily benefits the community organization.  Internships primarily benefit the student.  Service Learning benefits both.

Why do Service Learning? 

S-L can be a very good way for students to apply what they have learned.  If your learning goals include problem-solving, civic engagement, or professional attitudes and behaviors, S-L might be a good pedagogy for you.

For students, service learning can be life-changing.

*National Service-Learning Clearinghouse, http://www.servicelearning.org/what-is-service-learning