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Designating Courses as Service-Learning (SL)
Why designate? Designating a course as service-learning achieves the following goals:
- Communicates the SL portion of the course to students in the registration process
- Provides recognition of the SL experience on student transcripts
- Allows monitoring and assessment of service-learning courses and initiatives at UVM
- Facilitates faculty and community partner professional development opportunities and recognition
- Allows community partners to provide feedback and assess the SL project as a whole
UVM Designation Criteria
A course is designated SL when it meets all of the following criteria:
- It is a credit-bearing course (graduate or undergraduate).
- It integrates service/experiential components with a community partner and academic course content so that each significantly informs and enhances the other.
- There are planned benefits for both the community partner AND the students. The service addresses a need and follows processes that are mutually agreed upon by the partner and the instructor.
- Student assessment and academic credit are based upon the demonstration of student learning, not on the service hours. Critical reflection (see below) is part of the assessment process.
- Course assignments and activities support students to integrate the service/experiential component with the academic course content; this is called "critical reflection" in the field of service-learning.
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