University of Southern Indiana

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Overview of Service-Learning

Service-learning is a course-based experiential learning strategy. It engages students in meaningful and relevant service with a community partner while employing ongoing reflection to draw connections between the service and course content, thus enhancing academic learning, promoting civic responsiveness, and strengthening communities.

Service-learning aims to enhance academic learning by challenging students to apply classroom knowledge to real life situations. Because service-learning addresses actual community needs, it has the added potential to engage students in ways that other experiential methods may not.

Service-Learning is NOT:

  • A one-time volunteer experience

  • One-sided: benefiting only the students or only the community organization
  • Absent of formal reflection process

 

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