What is Service Learning?
Service learning integrates community service into academic coursework, whereby students engage in classroom activities and reflection related to the performance of local service projects within the course.
More than a volunteer opportunity, service learning benefits both the student and the community partner through reciprocity of needs, which furthers the students' educational goals while promoting civic responsibility.
From focused collaboration with classmates and the community partner, to practical, real-world application, along with reflection and assessment, the learning process becomes a much richer and more well-rounded experience.
Components of a service learning program:
- Service learning projects address community-identified needs and heightens student civic awareness
- The service learning component allows a clear connection of service and academic content for students
- The component involves structured, planned academic analysis and reflection of experiences
- The community partnership and experience is appropriate for course activities and intended outcomes
Service Learning ExamplesGoToServiceLearning presents examples of best practice service-learning experiences meeting state mandated academic standards.
Service Learning Courses
Find out how you can learn and serve! Check out some of the service-learning courses offered at UT Arlington.