"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin
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Service-Learning pedagogy is widely used by college faculty nationwide as an active learning strategy that reinforces course learning outcomes and engages student interest in the course. Service-Learning is intentionally linked with an academic course and incorporates specific pedagogical goals encouraging students' affective, behavioral, and cognitive connections to the course material. Service-Learning includes structured reflection activities to process what was learned from the service experience and how that experience reinforces course learning outcomes. With social justice at its philosophical root, Service-Learning pedagogy naturally combines the life of the mind with the habits of the heart.
Can Service-Learning be with a for-profit company?
Yes, but only within non-profit parameters. If the service-learning activity is performed with a for-profit organization, it must meet an identified community need and must not involve the organization's profit-making activities. For example, students serving an accounting firm where they participated in pro bono audits for nonprofit agencies can count their hours; whereas, a project for a for-profit firm in which the student's service is intended to increase the company's profit-making activities would not qualify.
In sum, please make sure the projects fulfill these parameters or students cannot count the hours as service-learning.
Potential Benefits to Faculty Who Add Service-Learning to a Course
- Connects curriculum to real-world situations in the community
- Encourages collaborative learning: everyone is a teacher and learner
- Enlivens the educational experience
- Improves academic performance
- Provides opportunities for research and development
- Addresses relevant social problems, creating more responsible citizens
Helpful Faculty Resources
This list of community partners is updated each semester. We can help place students at these agencies or give you the contact information to do it yourself.
This guide is intended to prepare you for integrating service into your course curriculum. This is an overview of Service-Learning, including best practices, syllabus integration, and expectations.
Reflection is the most important tool for ensuring a successful Service-Learning experience. It is the means through which students make sense of what they are seeing and doing. It also is the key to how their service relates to course learning outcomes. Reflection questions are tailored to helping students make those connections.
A sampling of reflection activities including journal ideas, discussion, and other group activities.
Faculty, please join the Pellissippi State Service-Learning Cafe on D2L
for up-to-date service-learning information and samples of syllabi from a variety of courses with a service-learning component.
Campus Compact and Tennessee Campus Compact provide resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate Service-Learning into their courses. The Service-Learning Cafe on D2L contains a list of exemplary service-learning syllabi across a wide variety of disciplines and institutions. Contact the Office of Service-Learning (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a customized approach to your course.