Community-University Partnerships & Service Learning
What is 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 intentionally designed to promote student learning and development. Reflection and reciprocity are key concepts of service-learning."
- We have compiled an extensive list of examples of service-learning across the disciplines that demonstrate the types of partnerships that exist at UVM and other institutions.
Designating Courses "SL"
At The University of Vermont, Service-Learning courses are designated online and in the course registration materials; they must meet specific criteria for academic service-learning. Read about the UVM Service-Learning Course Designation.
Basic components of effective service-learning
(The Corporation for National and Community Service):
- Preparing for the Experience, which includes setting objectives for skills to be learned or issues to consider, preparing participants for elements of the project that may be new or unfamiliar, and planning projects that contribute to both learning and community goals.
- Performing service that is of equal benefit to both students and the community
- Analyzing the experience through reflection and discussion to allow the participants to identify and absorb what they have learned.
- Evaluating the experience to judge the effectiveness for both students and the community. (Sample evaluations available on the Assessment & Evaluation page).
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