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An Introduction to Applied/Service Learning

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Gabriel Lawrence

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Transcript of An Introduction to Applied/Service Learning

Introduction to Applied/Service Learning Project
PD160 Professional Communication
Community Garden Project, Spring 2010
"Service-Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities."
- National Service Learning Clearinghouse, 2013)

or simply:
Service Learning Defined:
“Learning by doing, by the act of giving”
Service Learning Defined:
Four Subcategories :
Working indirectly to benefit a community partner.

Example: Fundraisers

MA212 Microbiology and Urinalysis smoothie sale
to raise funds for science programming at Sherman
Middle School, Madison.
Working directly with community partner.

Example: Fulling a service need on-site.

VT105 Intro to Vet. Tech.
student helped facilitate
and staff Spay Days
Advocate for a community partner or related, relevant societal issue.

Example: Petition Campaign using Social Media

SS103 Global Citizen student developed a social media advocacy campaign to support McKenzie Environmental Education Center and gathered over 3,400 signatures.
Conduct a research project that benefits the community or community partner

Example: Research and Develop informational pamphlet for an organization

MA212 Microbiology and Urinalysis students researched bacteria issues and safety as it relates to food preparation and provided the resource to the Goodman Community Service.
Service Learning within
We differ from many other colleges-highly institutionalized (i.e. role of SLC, course designations)
Why Service Learning is a valued curricular component:
career focused, authentic, improves academic success, complex and critical

Research shows improvement in personal and social interaction and career preparation
Service Learning vs. Applied Learning
Personal life & Social Interaction
Meet people
Increases critical thinking skills
Increases civic responsibility
Build relationships and sense of community in and outside of the classroom
Career outcomes
Builds experience and volunteerism for your resume
Increases your confidence
Networking opportunities with others in the community and possible future employers
May help you find a new direction/angle in your career field that you didn’t know previously existed
How is service-learning different?


Volunteerism - Describes people, who of their own free will and without pay, perform service or do good work (Rubin, 2009).

Community Service - Organized volunteering designed to meet the needs of the community (Rubin, 2009).

Community Service Example

Students remove trash from a streambed: They are providing a service to the community as volunteers (NSLC, 2004)

Service-learning example (NSLC, 2004)
When students remove trash from a streambed they:
-analyze what they found
-share the results and offer suggestions for the neighborhood to reduce pollution,
-reflect on their experience


National service-learning clearinghouse. (2004). What is service-learning? Retrieved from Learn and Serve America’s National Service-Learning Clearinghouse site: http://www.servicelearning.org/page/index.php?detailed=338

Rubin, M. (April 21, 2009). Designing a successful service-learning course: A practical approach [Webinar]. Retrieved on April 23, 2009 from http://www.innovativeeducators.org/v/vspfiles/V4_Backup/servicelearning2.pdf

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