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For Faculty

Welcome

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 carreram@gtc.edu.

Lastly, the Service Learning Center is proud to announce that the widely successful Service Learning Course Design Workshop will be continuing through 2014 (see below).

Service Learning Course Design Workshop

Started in August 2012, this workshop is open to 10 faculty each semester to learn step by step the best practices for integrating service learning into existing classes.  Faculty interested in traveling abroad on a service learning global trip are required to complete this workshop.

The workshop covers the basics in integrating service learning into the syllabus, creating community partnerships, assessment and evaluation, creating rubrics for service learning, and reflection activities.  Each participant with a 5-year certification will receive 1 credit towards recertification.  Any adjunct participants are able to earn a $100 stipend following the conclusion of the workshop and implementation of a service learning aspect in their existing course work.

Upcoming workshops:

  • October/November 2013
  • March 2014
  • May 2014

Watch for the emails indicating open enrollment!  Any questions can be directed to Madeline Carrera at any time (carreram@gtc.edu).

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? (for sample questions: Click here)

Mutual beneficiaries of a project are where reciprocity comes in.  Our community partners are not learning laboratories.  They are our collaborators 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.