Creating a quality Service-Learning experience
By incorporating service-learning into a course, it does not change what is taught - it changes how it is taught.
Studies within service-learning indicate there are four traits to a quality experience:
- Commitment to the community in which the service is being performed is paramount
- Service-learning should include academic rigor
- Meaningful reflection moves the experience of service-learning from a service opportunity to a learning and service educational opportunity
- Students will begin to learn from this experience an understanding of civic responsibility
Benefits of Service-Learning
- Opportunity to engage in a different teaching pedagogy
- Expand learning beyond the classroom
- Facilitate development of critical thinking, leadership, problem solving and communication skills
- Demonstrate commitment to the community
- Provide an enriched learning experience for students
- Enriched learning experience
- Opportunity to apply academic knowledge to a real-life setting
- Develop a greater awareness of issues facing the local community
- Develop social responsibility and concern for the community
- Enhance leadership ability
- Develop critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills
- Explore possible career interests and develop professional networks
Getting startedThe first step to embedding service-learning in your course is to meet with service-learning staff to discuss your course content, learning objectives, and the type of service placement you envision will meet your educational goals. Initial discussions with service-learning staff should ideally begin as early as possible.
Contact Louise Keller, Service-Learning Specialist at (570) 674 6203 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a meeting.
Download the Misericordia Faculty Service-Learning Guide
Syllabus guide and course criteria
Download MU Service-Learning Course Criteria
Service-learning planning and process guides
Download the IPARD Process guide created by Dr. Christine Moran, Associate Dean of Service-Learning, Stevenson University. The IPARD process outlines five key phases of the service-learning process for student participants.
Download "Tried and True Teaching Methods to Enhance Students' Service-Learning Experience" compiled by Professor Diane Sloan (Miami Dade Community College) and based on the work of Julie Hatcher and Robert Bringle in "Reflection Activities for the College Classroom (Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis)
Download guided reflection question examples
Download Service-Learning Trip Form
Download Student Liability Waiver & Release
Campus Compact is a national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement and a coalition of almost 1,100 Universities and Colleges nationally. Misericordia is a member institution.
National Service-Learning Clearinghouse library of online service-learning resources.
Community Voices: A California Campus Compact Study on Partnerships (April 2007)
Written by: Marie Sandy, Ph.D. Research Team: Elaine K. Ikeda, Ph.D., Nadinne Cruz, M.A., Barbara Holland, Ph.D. , Kathleen Rice, Ph.D. and Marie Sandy, Ph.D.