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Service-Learning

Service-learning enhances course learning outcomes and student engagement while also addressing community-identified needs. Service-learning incorporates critical reflective thinking and civic engagement into academic coursework by means of integrating service opportunities with nonprofits, governmental, and/or educational community partners. Service-learning involves students in activities that attend to local needs while developing their academic skills, increasing their subject matter knowledge, and commitment to their communities. Service-learning commonly intersects with other High Impact Practices.

Examples of service-learning include:

  • Business faculty and students work with an under-resourced non-profit community partner to create web pages and marketing brochures.
  • Students practice critical reflection through such activities as journal writing, group discussion, or presentations that link the service they did in the community to course content.
  • Dental Hygiene or Occupational Therapy Assisting students provide low-cost services and educational resources to uninsured populations.

The Thayne Center for Service & Learning also can help your community engagement efforts!