Barbara Jacoby defines service-learning as "a form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities intentionally designed to promote student learning and development. Reflection and reciprocity are key concepts of service-learning."
In addition to this definition, we also recognize the National Society for Experiential Education's Eight Principles of Good Practice for Experiential Learning Activities:
Service-Learning is one program located in the office of Experiential and Professional Development (XPD). The Office of Experiential and Professional Development supports programs that empower CSB/SJU students to integrate and apply knowledge and theory gained in the classroom setting to a hands on learning environment, such that a deeper understanding is gained and demonstrated through clear learning outcomes.
The Service-Learning course strives to create intentional, mutually beneficial partnerships for students, faculty, and community partners. To do this, we partner organizations with specific courses which have designated learning outcomes that fit with the goals of the organization. To partner with a course, partners should submit a position description to the Service-Learning Coordinator. For more information about what to include in a position description, see the resources tab.
Once a partnership is identified as being beneficial for all involved, the partner organization will be invited to the Service-Learning Fair. This fair occurs at CSB at the start of every semester and gives students the opportunity to connect with the partners with whom they have the opportunity to work. Partners should make every effort to have a representative available at this fair.
Students are notified the evening of the fair with which organization they are partnered. It is the student's responsibility to contact the partner at this point to begin the process of setting up an orientation and schedule.
Learning Goal 1:
Students will demonstrate the ability to integrate and apply knowledge and skills gained from this course (and possibly previous courses) through their service-learning projects.
Learning Goal 2:
Students will demonstrate specific ways (including written reflection) in which the service-learning project deepens their understanding of the knowledge and skills gained through traditional course work.