Service Learning is a teaching and learning method that links course content to the community through involvement in organized service activities intended to enhance the academic experience and encourage participation in the community.
Service Learning is a great way to enhance the effectiveness of a course. The three main components of a Service Learning course are:
- Academic learning in the classroom
- Participation in service projects
- Reflection of service and its relationship to the class
Service Learning takes learning outside of the classroom by having students participate in service to the community. These experiences allow students to apply course content to real world situations. Reflection assignments enable students to connect course content to their service projects and develop new skills, knowledge, and views.
Click here to read the California Polytechnic State University Strategic Plan for Service-Learning (.doc)