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