What is academic service-learning?
Service-learning is "a form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs, together with structured opportunities for reflection designed to achieve desired learning outcomes" (Jacoby 1996, 2014).
Academic service-learning brings experiential learning into credit-bearing courses, so that students apply the skills of their disciplines to real-world problems to deepen their learning and to benefit community partners.
Service-learning can be:
- Direct: with a client population off campus, e.g. tutoring, coaching, mentoring, taking crisis calls, counseling
- Indirect: off campus but non-contact, e.g. sorting items at a food bank, creating a library, removing invasive species
- Consultant model: providing specific services or deliverables, e.g. creating a website or business plan, writing a grant proposal, advocating for policy
- Community-based research: a collaborative research partnership that engages community agents and organizations in research projects that address communitty identified issues