Introduction to Service Learning

GRCC student volunteering at Habitat for Humanity

Service Learning involves a teaching methodology in which faculty purposefully align course learning outcomes to meet identified community needs in a meaningful way. Students gain real-world experience, deepen their learning, and receive a Service Learning designation on their transcript. 

Service-Learning and COVID-19

It’s recommended that faculty plan Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 service-learning projects to be indirect, research-based, or advocacy-based service projects rather than a traditional direct service experience, or to be direct service projects that are designed to be contactless, remote, and/or virtual.

  • Faculty will communicate with students in advance about how a transition to online instruction would impact the service-learning project, if applicable
  • Examples of indirect, research-based, or advocacy-based service-learning include
    • Research, assessment, or evaluation in collaboration with a partner organization
    • Deliverables created for a partner organization, such as digital media or social media content, print materials, logos, or handbooks
    • Creating virtual educational materials such as webinars or streaming a presentation or performance
  • Examples of direct service offered in a virtual or contactless setting include
    • Tutoring or mentoring through video conferencing platforms
    • Delivering meals or conducting well checks over the phone
    • Hosting or assisting with a virtual event for a community organization