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View the presentation "Providing Real World Experiences for Students" narrated by Lisa Wilkinson.
Math Club advisor Aletta Speegle works side by side with students at a Habitat for Humanity Build.
Anthropology professor Michael Fuller guides his students as they gain field experience restoring the historic Blake Mound.
Service Learning (SL) is an effective way of enhancing your students' course work through experiential learning. It gives relevance to academic material by linking theory and practice and showing community applications for course content. Your course will also provide a deeper level of education as students exercise assessment and critical thinking, retain more information through multiple learning styles and develop a sense of values, social justice and civic engagement.
Service Learning projects generally follow one of more of the following themes:
- Literacy and Diversity - expanding minds through reading, writing and storytelling
- Hunger and Homelessness - reducing hunger and homelessness in our area
- Bridges to Healthy Communities - improving community health
- Environment and Community Gardens - improving the environment in the region
- Older Adults - honoring and caring for our elders
- Civic Responsibility - developing informed, thoughtful and active citizens
Because a fair amount of thought goes into a service learning project, the Service Learning office offers a number of resources to assist you including a list of recommended texts, a faculty tutorial, and guides to reflection.
Below are general steps in formulating and completing a service learning project:
Before Semester Begins - Preparation
- Define learning objectives to connect the service project to your course. View sample syllabi.
- Contact and visit the Community Partner(s). View STLCC Community Partners Catalog.
Beginning of Semester - Preparation
- Instructor shows class narrated Intro to Service Learning presentation
- Print the Release form (both sides); have students complete and send with your class list to the Service Learning coordinator
- Give students Volunteer Hours Report form
During Semester - Service and Reflection
- On-going Reflection relating service to course content including group discussions, journals essays, art, poster presentations - SL coordinator is available for class visits
- For individual SL projects, use the SL Project Plan tool to help students analyze their service project
- Monitor student participation. See Grading Rubric.
- Meramec campus only - Select written reflections to submit for the Service Learning Journal to be published online at the end of the year. (Submissions to Pam Garvey firstname.lastname@example.org, CN-109).
End of semester - Reflection
- Demonstration/Final Reflection - optional SL coordinator visit
- Students complete online evaluation one or two weeks before the end of the semester
- Faculty completes End of Semester Report and returns to the Service Learning coordinator
- Indicators of civic engagement are available to assess the project's effect on students
Got questions? Contact your campus' Service Learning coordinator.