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Upcoming Teaching Worshop – Engaging Students as Learners and as Participants in Community Building: The Synergies of Service Learning

Posted by on Thursday, November 7, 2013 in Events, News.

Date: Thursday, November 14th
Time: 4:10 – 5:30
Location: Center for Teaching
Facilitator: Joe Bandy
Audience: Faculty, Students (Undergraduate and Graduate), and Staff

Service learning is a pedagogy that combines the learning goals of your courses and the ideals of community service in class projects 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.  Faculty 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 and there are forms that are likely to be more successful for all involved.

This workshop will provide opportunities for participants to explore service learning in their own teaching by reviewing the research on the promise and problems of service learning, and by discussing best practices that make service learning more efficient and effective.

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