For Faculty

Volunteerism, community service, and experiential learning are fundamentally different from service-learning. An activity should be called service-learning only if it has both a curricular and a graded service component.

Service-Learning is…

  • A pedagogy integrating service, fieldwork, or community-based research that reinforces course content and brings meaningful service to the community.
  • A means to help students develop critical thinking skills in applied situations and gain experience with real-world problem-solving.
  • An opportunity for students to understand—and exercise–civic engagement.

Service-Learning isn’t…

  • Volunteerism or community service not connected to a graded course.
  • Experiential or applied class content that does not have a benefit for the community.
  • Worthwhile class activities that benefit the community but are not integrated into the specific learning objectives of the course.

For detailed information about how to develop a service learning course, download the 2015 Faculty Guide to Service Learning.