Upcoming Teaching Workshop: Service Learning Basics: Engaging Students, Building Community (March 31)
Time & Date: 4:15-5:45pm, Thursday, March 31
Location: CFT Workshop Space, Center for Teaching
Facilitator: Joe Bandy, Assistant Director, CFT
Audience: Faculty, Graduate and Professional Students, and Post-docs
Service learning is a pedagogy that combines learning goals and community service in ways that can enhance both student development and the common good. For students, service learning can develop their critical thinking and problem solving, skills of public leadership, a sense of personal efficacy, and even satisfaction with their college or university. Instructors can find greater satisfaction with teaching, new avenues for research, and better relationships with their communities. Likewise, communities can receive much needed assistance in a wide array of areas and better relationships with institutions of higher education. However, service learning does pose significant challenges for all involved. This workshop will review the research on the promise and problems of service learning, discuss best practices that make service learning more efficient and effective, and provide opportunities for participants to develop service learning in their own teaching.