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Information for Students

 

What does service learning entail?

 

A service learning course will involve service conducted by members of a class to meet a community need identified by a community-based organization or group. By using the word community we mean non-profit agency, educational institution, group of people with a common identity, or for-profit agency when the primary purpose is providing a significant public service. The service will help bring classroom material and discussions to life by helping students connect and test course concepts to actual situations.

Service Learning Benefits for Students

 

  • Apply course contents and material
  • Improve critical thinking (deeper learning)
  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Network with community agencies
  • Explore career and vocational interests
  • Contribute and give back to the community

Student Rights in Service Learning Courses

 

  • To know what is expected for the service learning and how it will be graded
  • To work with a community partner in a safe environment
  • To have the opportunity to apply knowledge for the benefit of others

Cress, collier, Reitenauer, & Associates. (2005). Learning through serving: A student guidebook for service-learning across the disciplines. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing LLC.

Student Responsibilities in Service Learning Courses

  • To understand their role and function within the community organization
  • To manage time effectively as to accomplish the goals and/or work
  • To LEARN by engaging, discussing, and reflecting
  • To do no harm
  • To represent Walsh University well

Cress, collier, Reitenauer, & Associates. (2005). Learning through serving: A student guidebook for service-learning across the disciplines. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing LLC. 

Service Learning in the General Education Curriculum

For students who entered Walsh University during the Fall 2005 and after, service learning is part of their general education requirement and is noted as an application.