What is Service Learning?

Service learning integrates community service and the academic experience. It allows students to understand the relationship between theory and practice by making connections between a community service experience and their course readings, lectures, research, and classroom discussions. Service learning helps students sharpen their critical thinking skills, gain self-confidence, develop networks of opportunity, and build their resumes and/or graduate school applications.

What is Service Learning?

  1. Consider your goals for the community service project. Do you want students to apply particular skills learned in class? What type of organization best meets your educational objectives? Should to project be ongoing (throughout the course of the semester) or a one-time service opportunity?
  2. Look through the directory on our Get Involved page for both one-time service opportunities and regular, on-going service opportunities. Research a few agencies that might be a good fit with your course objectives.
  3. Contact the agency.
  4. Integrate your project into the curriculum. As a class, learn about the organization you’ve selected prior to the project, discuss the meaning and relevance of the project, and afterwards, debrief the project, making connections to your curricular objectives.
  5. Share your plans with the Center for Community Engagement. Tell us how you are partnering with our local community.
  6. Questions along the way? Contact Drs. Angie Dahl and Kevin Reilly, Co-Directors with the Center for Community Engagement, community@ferrum.edu.