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Defining Effective Learning and Service Experiences

Service-learning emphasizes the learning, service, and civic engagement components of a course. Preparation requires a clearly articulated set of learning, service and civic engagement goals. The goals chosen will help the instructor identify potential community partners, the type of service experience chosen for your students, and the type of reflective opportunities and assignments appropriate for the course.

Characteristics of Effective Learning Experiences

Achieving effective learning outcomes:
It is important to share information about the educational requirements of your course with your community partner. This will help identify student service activities that support both the interests of the community and the requirements of your course.

Characteristics of Effective Service Experiences

Designing an effective service experience requires careful thought. Effective service experiences involve:
Learn more about how service learning can be used to connect classroom learning with societal issues (from the InTeGrate project).

When developing a service experience it is often helpful to think about either the type of service experience you want for your students, or the type of course you want to design around that experience. Setting goals and identifying expected outcomes is facilitated by considering various Types of Service Projects.

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