One of the key objectives of the OSLCE is to work with faculty and teaching assistants to support, enhance or assist in the development of service-learning (SL) courses across campus.
The OSCLE will support faculty in developing their service-learning course plan with resources, training, evaluation tools, etc. This includes a discussion of SL options - mandatory or optional, # of service hours, types of service placements/projects and potential assignments including reflection questions, grading rubric and assessment.
Another role of our office is to assist with finding community placements for your students. We will contact community organizations, and communicate to your students what placement options are available at the organization, the community-needs they are addressing, as well as logistics (applications, security checks, training as well as safety and ethical considerations). Providing there is time to build a partnership, we are open to contacting an organization that has not yet been contacted by our office. Our office will also act as a liaison between the students and community partners throughout the placement hours for their course.
A key component of any service experience is critical reflection. Often the impact of student service is seen after the fact when time is taken to dig deeper in to the experience. We can work with you to build reflective components for your course, help students frame their experience in the community, and tie the experience to course material. We can also provide basic training to instructors, teaching assistants and student leaders to facilitate group reflection in the class.
Our office has developed a pre-test and post-test that captures the impact of service on student growth in five key areas - academic skills, civic/community engagement, career development, diversity awareness and personal growth. We are happy to administer this test and share the results with you. We can also work with you to develop additional assessment methods.
To set up an appointment with our office, please contact the Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org