Faculty Role in Service-Learning
As an instructor implementing service-learning in your classroom, you will likely have the following responsibilities:
- Create a syllabus that clearly articulates the relationship between service-learning and academic objectives and outlines the process by which students will engage in service activities.
- If you are working with a campus service-learning office, provide them with a copy of your syllabus.
- Select and contact community partner(s) to initiate the service-learning relationship.
- On the first day of class, inform students of the service-learning course component and their required commitment. Emphasize the importance of finding placements early to allow for flexibility in meeting hour requirements.
- Consider asking students to complete a commitment form indicating their understanding and agreement to participate in service-learning.
- Become familiar with the service site(s) and monitor student participation throughout the semester.
- Provide a structured forum for student reflection.
- If you are working with a campus service-learning office, you might be asked to attend workshops, participate in online discussions, provide your campus office with any news articles featuring your course, and/or administer student evaluations for return to the service-learning office.
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