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Conversations about Service Learning – Integration, Mentoring, and Reflection in Service Learning Courses
Contributed by Wade Pickren on 04/18/2014
Service-learning educational opportunities allow students to work with a community-based individual, group, or organization in a collaboration that also benefits the community partner. Core components of service learning courses include 1) integration of academic and disciplinary skills and knowledge with experience in real-world environments; 2) consistent faculty mentoring; and 3) opportunities for reflection.
In this interactive session, current IC faculty with experience in service learning pedagogy, and from a range of disciplines, will discuss effective techniques, outcomes, and lessons learned in the delivery of service learning courses. They will describe strategies for integrating service learning pedagogy into course design, techniques to enhance faculty mentoring of student experience, and methods for incorporating reflection in a variety of ways, including journaling, structured discussion, and post-experience analysis. This discussion session will help faculty identify ways to introduce service learning into courses that do not currently contain it as a component, and to support faculty who are already using service learning to incorporate it further into their work.
Two opportunities to participate in this conversation:
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