Service learning is a form of experiential learning that allows students to test theories learned in the classroom, enhance problem-solving skills within a community environment, and work collaboratively with diverse groups of people. Faculty-led reflection ties the service experience to principles, ideals, course content, and student transformation.
While the preparation involved in planning a service learning course is intense, the positive student outcomes are worth the effort. Please contact the Experiential Learning and Career Development Center (ELCDC) to explore options related to your discipline. We are here to help you make connections with the community, provide you with online and print resources, and brainstorm solutions that will turn your ideas and ideals into a meaningful project!
- Campus Compact: http://www.compact.org/
- Examples of course syllabi with service learning components, from Campus Compact: http://www.compact.org/initiatives/syllabi/
- PA Campus Compact (Albright College is a member): http://www.paccompact.org/
- AAC&U Civic Living: http://www.aacu.org/resources/civicengagement/index.cfm
- National Service Learning Clearing House: http://www.servicelearning.org/
- Corporation for National & Community Service: http://www.nationalservice.gov/
- The International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership; http://www.ipsl.org/
Print Resources in the ELCDC
- Introduction to Service-Learning Toolkit – Readings and Resources for Faculty, Campus Compact, 2000
- Service Matters- The Engaged Campus, Campus Compact, 1999
- Fundamentals of Service-Learning Course Construction, Heffernan, 2001
- A Practitioner’s Guide to Reflection in Service-Learning, Eyler, Giles, Schmiede, 1996
- Service-Learning and The First-Year Experience: Preparing Students for Personal Success and Civic Responsibility, Zlotkowski, 2002