"Service Learning is an amazing example of the truly unique, wonderful and dedicated
students and faculty that we have here at Mott. It has been one of the most rewarding
experiences of my teaching career thus far. I am hooked!"
Service Learning Course Development
Learning Goals and Objectives
What course objectives (including general education outcomes for critical thinking,
global awareness or citizenship) do you wish to deepen through service-learning? What
do you want your students to learn or experience from service-learning?
How do students currently meet these goals in this course? What assignments, pedagogies,
etc., help students to reach the goals of the course?
What are some problems or challenges you anticipate?
Service Project and Community Partner Selection
What types of service to the community will allow for students to reach your course
Are there social issues you would like this service project to address? What type
of demographic do you want students to work with?
What types of agencies might be in need of such service? How will a relationship with
this type of agency benefit both your students and the agency?
What type of work do you want them to engage in? Are there certain skills you want
the students to develop or learn during their service-learning?
Are there specific organizations you have identified to work with? If so, which ones?
Define the term of the service experience:
a semester-long project How many hours?
a one-time event How many hours?
a short term project How many hours?
all students will participate in the same service project
need multiple projects for students to choose
How would you like students to find a project, site or organization to work with?
you will determine site before semester begins
choose from a list you provide
use website based volunteer links
students find their own project
Integration of Service and Learning
What sort of academic work (reading, writing, presentations, group work) will complement
What type of reflection activities will you use to help students make connections
between the service and the academic components of the class? (i.e. Journal, Reflective
How will you assess the service-learning component of the course? How do you currently
assess the ways in which students meet these course objectives? (Grades should reflect
student learning, and not simply completion of service).
Will others (community partner, recipients of service) help with assessment? How will
you weigh this input
when assigning grades for the project?
Other Questions to Consider
What do you think your strengths are in service-learning?
What type of liability issues are you concerned about?
Would you be interested in grants or scholarships?
Would you be interested in presenting at a conference or writing a journal article
about your project?
Contact the Office of Experiential Learning for assistance with launching and sustaining
Use the online link to designate your course as having an experiential learning component
Stay in communication with the Office of Experiential Learning for showcasing your
service component and providing students with awards and recognition.