Service-learning is a proven teaching and learning pedagogy that integrates meaningful community-based service with academic content and targeted reflection. Pairing academic work and civic responsibility gives students the opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom to problems and projects in real-world situations. Faculty involved in service-learning also experience many benefits, both personally and professionally; for example:
- Class discussions are greatly enhanced with insights and reflections from real-world applications
- Highly-motivated and engaged students are attracted to the course
- Relationships are built with community partners, possibly leading to other opportunities
- Networking opportunities arise with community partners and other faculty
- Reciprocal learning between students and faculty benefits both
- Satisfaction of promoting civic responsibility and active learning
- Participating and leading Bentley in being a national leader of civic engagement and social responsibility
The Service-Learning Center provides many resources for faculty involved in service-learning projects, including:
- An Advisory Board
- A library of Publications and Presentations
- A list of Publishing Opportunities
- An outline of the guidelines for Embedded Courses and assistance with them
- An outline of guidelines for 4th Credit Course Options and assistance with them
- A compilation of faculty project examples.
- Development grants available to assist faculty in developing service-learning projects that are embedded within course curricula.
- Faculty awards to recognize faculty who have contributed to the promotion of service-learning.
Other Available Resources
- Visit the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse for comprehensive access to service-learning information.
- Visit the national Campus Compact site, which offers a range of resources for faculty with overviews, descriptions, and assessment criteria relating to service-learning pedagogy.
- Click here for sample service-learning course syllabi taken from universities across the country and representing many academic disciplines.
- Click here for a Grant Writing workshop document.
- Click here for a Video Production workshop document.
- Visit Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC) located at Tufts University for additional regional resources and links.
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