Service-learning is a credit bearing, educational experience in which students participate in organized service activity that meets identified community needs and reflects on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility.
Robert Bringle & Julie Hatcher, Office of Service Learning, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Service-learning is an exciting teaching strategy that enriches the curriculum by combining meaningful community service with academic learning. Service-learning provides "real-life" experiences by linking students with local communities and service providers. Reflection and reciprocity are key concepts of service-learning.
For instructors who are thinking of incorporating service-learning into their course curriculum, or those who just want to know more about this teaching and research method, please do not hesitate to contact Assistant Professor Mike Coquyt, Service-Learning Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 477.2019.