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Service Learning

Service Learning allows you to align your course learning outcomes to meet identified community needs in a meaningful way. Gain real-world experience, deepen your learning and receive a Service Learning designation on your transcript.

Service Learning and COVID-19

It’s recommended that students and faculty plan winter 2021 service-learning projects to be indirect, research- or advocacy-based 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


This program is offered through our Experiential Learning Department. Email Mike Schavey at or call (616) 234-4162.