What is Service Learning?
- A teaching method that combines community service with academic instruction as it focuses on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility.
- Instead of research papers, homework and exams, students perform organized community service that addresses community needs and then relates that service to the course in the form of reflection.
How do Faculty perform a Service Learning project?
- Find and select a non-profit agency that addresses a community need.
- The SL project needs to directly address a need at the agency while using information that is taught in the classroom based on the class Learning Outcomes.
- One major aspect of SL is that students need to perform some type of reflection activity that directly relates their experiences at the agency with the content taught in class. This can be in the form of a journal, paper, oral presentation, group project, etc.
- If students perform more than 15 hours at the agency they will receive an “SL” designation on their transcript.
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For more information about service learning courses, contact:
Ronnie Nespeca, Service-Learning Director, LSC-CyFair