Faculty interested in implementing service learning in their existing courses have a large library of resources available to you. First of all, there are a number of books, magazines, and movies available through the library system. You are welcome to request items to be sent to your main campus through the library. Secondly, the Service Learning Center has a number of resources compiled from various conferences, workshops, and seminars attended. You are welcome to stop by Madeline’s office and pick them up by contacting her via email email@example.com.
Lastly, the Service Learning Center is proud to announce that the widely successful Service Learning Course Design Workshop will be offered once a semester each year. More information on this opportunity can be found on our professional development page.
Reflection and Reciprocity
The two main aspects of Service Learning that make it different than an internship or volunteering are the ideas of Reflection and Reciprocity.
Ongoing, active, and cognitive reflection is what students do to ensure that the highest level of learning occurs from the activities they complete. This reflection forces students to constantly be aware of the impact of their actions on themselves as well as the organization while simultaneously redirecting their thoughts to what they’ve been learning in class. One of the most popular methods of understanding this reflection process is to ask: What? So What? Now What?
Reciprocity is the mutual beneficiaries of a project. Our community partners are not learning laboratories. They are our collaborators and co-teacher in the creation, implementation, and (often) evaluation of the project. Keeping open and constant communication with our community partners enables us to ensure that any problems are addressed quickly and any concerns are met with the appropriate swiftness.