The Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (OSLCE) provides support and resources to those wishing to develop or enhance a service-learning (SL) course.
To begin, print the course development plan found below, and answer these questions.
- Integration of course content and service: What are your course objectives? What do you want students to gain from their service in the community? How does it align with community-identified needs, and how can everyone have an equal role in the planning, execution and benefits of the service? Will students complete their hours towards regular programming or will they complete a project such as a case study, needs or policy assessment, research question, etc? The OSLCE can assist you to define your course objectives and find community placements that are mutually beneficial to your students and the partner.
- Preparation for Service: How will you prepare your students for their experience and frame the community experience? Have you considered that students may need time to go through training or security checks? The OSLCE can come to your class to frame experience, go over placement choices with students and any other details they might need such as security checks, as well as go over a student learning agreement that addresses issues such as confidentiality and professionalism. In addition, we will also act as a liaison between students and community partners.
- Assessment and Evaluation: How will you measure the impact of this experience? How will you ensure all parties needs are considered? The OSLCE administers pre and post-placement surveys and time log's in classes that they work with. The survey and time log findings provide valuable information to students, faculty, community partners, our office and the University.
- Knowledge, Action, and Reflection: Once the knowledge and action pieces are established, how will you ensure students are reflecting on their experience before, during and after their service hours at a community organization? The OSLCE will work with you and/or your teaching aids to develop and facilitate individual and group reflection.
To book an appointment with the Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (OSLCE) please contact the Service-Learning Coordinator, Robin Bendig, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (775) 784-4846.
Service-Learning Forms for Faculty