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Student Learning Outcomes

Studying in Ansari

General Service Learning SLOs1

Many service experiences build students' awareness of diversity, foster moral reasoning, and develop an attitude towards being an engaged and civically responsible citizen.  Students build understanding of and problem-solve community issues.  Examples of SLOs that might fit with any service learning course could include:

  • Define, describe, analyze, and integrate the concepts of individual, social, and cultural group identities and concepts of social privilege and marginalization.
  • Demonstrate critical analysis of their own assumptions, values, and stereotypes, and evaluate the relative privilege and marginalization of their identities.
  • Articulate the relationship between individual, group, community, and societal well-being.
  • Develop critical understanding of ethical behavior in the concept of their professional discipline with regard to the issue of social well-being.
  • Analyze a community issue in the context of systemic inequality, discrimination, or social injustice.
  • Examine demographics, socio-cultural dynamics and assets of a specific community through a social justice framework.
  • Develop intercultural communication skills, reciprocity, and responsiveness in service work with the community.

Course Specific SLOs2

A basic model for a Service Learning SLO would include the learning objective (specific skill to master or knowledge area to learn) and a service objective or how students will achieve the learning objective with the service experience. These SLOs can be specific to the course or more general to service and course content.
Examples:

  • Students will examine the strengths and weaknesses of educational policy arguments through tutoring in local public schools.
  • Students will be able to provide examples of the principles of behavioral psychology through interacting with individuals in community groups in the city.
  • Students will learn to explain scientific topics to a general audience through presenting and teaching science demonstrations to fifth graders.
  • Students will examine and articulate cultural differences through interacting with individuals at community organizations in the city.

Direct Assessment Methods

  • SLOs can be assessed through course assignments related to the service experience (e.g. written reports, reflection papers, presentations, or observing class discussion).
  • Faculty engaged in service learning are encouraged to work with the Office of Service Learning and Civic Engagement to utilize other assessment measures including student pre/post-tests, evaluations by community partner, or student evaluations specific to addressing service experience.

1 These are adapted SLOs from California State, Monterey Bay.
2 These are adapted SLOs from Loyola University, New Orleans.

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