Academic Service-Learning

Marian University Indianapolis

Service-learning is a "teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the service experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities." (National Service Learning Clearinghouse)

Service-Learning for Faculty

There are many benefits to incorporating Service-Learning into your courses as Service-Learning is a method of teaching and learning that enriches academic experiences and life-long learning by engaging students in meaningful hands-on service in the community. Key components to Service-Learning include:

  • Connecting Service with Learning - academically rigorous, meaningful service with a significant positive impact upon those involved
  • Reflection - assessment of personal and community needs, reflection on participation, and evaluation of progress
  • Reciprocity - both the student and community partner give and receive time, energy, knowledge, and creativity
  • Critical Thinking - involvement in situations conducive to creative, effective problem-solving
  • Social Responsibility - expansion of student's compassion, civic awareness, and desire to be engaged in the community
  • Experiential Learning - use of direct experience and hands-on learning to develop skills useful in future careers, family life, and community involvement
  • Needs-Based - project based on community-identified needs
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