Preparing Your Course for Service Learning
“I read Spanish picture books to little children. It was such an honor to participate
and actually feel like I made a kid smile. The experience makes me want to participate
more in the community and try harder to make more of a difference.”
What are the components for service learning?
- Determine the objectives, concepts and skills that have application to experience-based
- Identify and connect Essential Learning Outcomes (See Appendix).
- Determine a project that meets the objectives identified and incorporates a community
service to be performed.
- Find a community partner or partners that will provide mutually beneficial outcomes.
- Determine an agreed upon method for implementing the project with the community partner.
- Utilize risk-management resources depending on the nature of the partnership. These
Determine how students will demonstrate learning and reflection from their service
Prepare a description of the service-learning component in your course syllabus.
Designate your course as an Experiential Learning course by contacting Director of
the Office of Experiential Learning.
Build anticipation in the classroom with preplanning through orientations and teambuilding.
Build mutual trust and understanding with the community partner throughout the course
of the project.
Showcase the project through photos, press releases, and other media sources with
the assistance of the Office of Experiential Learning.
Provide students with award opportunities available through the Office of Experiential
Include a plan for assessing student outcomes of experiential learning using the campus-wide
experiential learning survey.
Measure the effectiveness of the project and its impact on the community through
partnership and faculty surveys.
- Partnership Agreement
- Student-Faculty Agreement
- Field Trip Form
- Model Consent
Please contact the Office of Experiential Learning to implement these documents.