If you are considering starting a service learning class, feel free to contact us. Please be aware that it is necessary to have a site agreement with the collaborating agency in place before placing students in the field. For an example visit our internship and community partners for site agreement and other useful forms.
In 2009, he Dominguez Hills Academic Senate and Academic Affairs approved a formal definition of Service Learning:
Service-Learning Course is "A course that incorporates at least 15 hours of course-related community service with reflection activities to enhance students' understanding of course content, self-awareness, and civic engagement."
That is an easy one! Students take what they learn in the classroom and use it for the benefit of the community followed up by a reflection activity to ”lock in” the learning.
Some faculty mistakenly think that a service-learning class is more work. Actually, as the students are taking responsibility for their learning, it can be less work for the instructor rather than more.
Example: Students in the Indian Studies class help plan and organize the Annual American Indian Pow Wow. The meet weekly through the semester to learn how a pow wow is planned and organized. The night before, students meet to set up the grounds, and they volunteer for the two days of the pow wow helping dancers, relieving vendors, and helping with logistics. After the pow wow, they write in their journals speaking to what they feel they have learned.
Another Example: Students from Environmental Science work with Physical Plant to assess energy used for lighting on campus. The break into teams, and count lighting fixtures and types in each building. They write a report analyzing their findings and suggesting ways to conserve energy used for lighting. The present their findings at Student Research Day (reflection).
Feel free to make an appointment to discuss how we can help you design a fun and easy service learning project that will benefit your students as well as the community.