University of Southern Indiana

Overview of service-learning

Service-learning is a form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address community and organizational needs together with structured opportunities intentionally designed to promote student learning and development. Self-reflection and positive reciprocal relationships with community partners are key concepts of service-learning.

Service-learning is effective in:

  • Instilling leadership and civic responsibility in students.
  • Helping students comprehend course material.
  • Addressing community needs in a sustainable way.

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