Faculty Resources

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 embedding service-learning into your course

Benefits of Service-Learning

For faculty

  • 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

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 started

Getting started

The 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 lkeller@misericordia.edu to arrange a meeting.

Faculty resources

Faculty resources

Download the Misericordia Faculty Service-Learning Guide

Syllabus guide

Download Best Practices For Service-Learning Syllabi

Reflection guides

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 Student Liability Waiver & Release

Download Student Liability Waiver & Release for students under 18


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.

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