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A guide to Service Learning

We use this term to refer to a community service activity that is imbedded within an academic course, and that provides university credit. Not all “volunteer work” is appropriate for service learning. Most importantly, the targeted service experience has the purpose of improving students’ understanding of the discipline while also developing their sense of civic responsibility. This section provides a set of guidelines and ideas that may help an instructor who is interested in integrating service learning into a course or curriculum.

What is Service Learning (what is not)?
What are the options for structuring a Service Learning experience?
How do I connect with partnering organizations?
What does a Service Learning course and syllabus look like?
How do I prepare students for Service Learning?
How should Service Learning be evaluated?
How do I represent Service Learning in my tenure or promotion dossiers?
How can Service Learning be combined with Study Abroad?
Who is already doing service learning locally at UAlbany?
Where can I get more information and/or read the research?