Service Learning in the Classroom
Why integrate Service Learning into my courses?
Research shows that students learn by doing. When students integrate course content with real-world activities they retain more of what they have learned.
When you integrate Service-Learning into your courses, you will:
- Experience teachable moments
- Promote information synthesis
- Create another modality for learning course concepts
- Reinforce course objectives in a real-world setting
- Instill civic responsibility
- Encourage students to explore diverse populations
- Improve student satisfaction and retention
Volunteering vs. Service Learning
Service-Learning and volunteer or community service share the activity of giving service to local groups and agencies. Service-Learning, however, uses this activity as part of a planned curriculum, a tool to advance and deepen the students’ knowledge of an academic field of study and capacity for critical thinking. Through grounding in relevant literature, class work and course assignments, in addition to structured reflection, service in a Service-Learning class becomes a component of an overall course of academic study.Campus CompactQuestions? Contact Susan Villalobos, Service Learning Coordinator, or Sarah Perez at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 972-860-3904, or visit A-322.