Preplanning that Works
“Being able to go out into the community and make a difference is truly amazing. It makes you feel good as well as makes others feel good.” Student
What are the Benefits of a Service Learning Orientation?
- Define the purpose of service-learning as a pedagogy.
- Describe the specific service-learning project in relation to the class.
- Explain criteria upon which students will be graded and other project logistics.
- Articulate expected behavior while working in/with the community.
- Provide a brief history of the community agency or organization and the needs of the people in the community which the organization serves.
- Describe the benefits of service to the students, the college, and the community.
- Describe opportunities for recognition through media and awards and ensure students sign Model Consent Release.
How Can Students Become Committed to Service Learning?
- Show project results from students who have previously completed the project
- Give students a voice in selecting the project or in determining certain aspects of the project. Student motivation increases when students have a sense of autonomy.
- “Practice” community engagement, where students are assigned an activity that personifies a community need. This encourages them to consider the other side of the issue.
- When possible allow students to select their roles in the project to take advantage of students' interests and strengths.
- Provide service learning options. For example, allow students to choose service learning or another assignment that meets the same objectives or skills.
- Explain to students the benefits of service learning and the skills they will gain for their future employability credentials.
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June 20, 2018