Service Learning

Addressing Community Needs by Student Involvement

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Service Learning Purpose:

To address community needs through collaborative campus and community partnerships that support student learning and promote civic responsibility.

  • Type of experiential education in which learning takes place through a cycle of action and reflection.
  • The main difference between volunteerism and service learning is the reflective, critical review of the experience.
  • Allows student within the context of a class to apply what they are learning to community problems.
  • Allows students to address local needs within our community while developing academic skills, a sense of civic responsibility, and a commitment to the community.
How is the volunteer experience (service) related back to the classroom (learning)?

  • Reflection
  • Instructors determine the reflective portion of Service Learning.
  • Journal of experience
  • Oral presentation
  • Papers
  • Artwork
  • Any other reflective opportunity as determined by instructor
  • Students learn more, make better grades, and complete courses at a higher rate.
  • Service Learning offers an opportunity to meet and network with civic minded community leaders.
  • Student learn about community/civic organizations within their community.
  • Students report a strong sense of satisfaction about their service to people, the environment, and the community.
  • Enhanced teaching and outreach activities.
  • Faculty and student engagement in community issues.
  • Extend college knowledge and resources.
  • Expand college relationships with community/civic organizations.
  • Increased development and preparation of college graduates.

Service Learning – Benefits and Challenges

 Student Benefits Student Challenges
  • Integration of subject matter to community needs
  • Lack of time given other demands
  • Promotes tolerance and appreciation for diversity
  • Fear of working with unfamiliar issues and diverse populations
  • Promotes civic responsibility, self-worth, and leadership skills
 Faculty Benefits Faculty Challenges
  • Inspires and innovates teaching methods
  • Lack of time and institutional or departmental support
  • Creates a different perspective on learning; gives opportunity for professional and personal review
  • Viewing service learning as soft or nonacademic learning
  • Builds a classroom community; enhances and establishes relationships with people in the community
 Community Partner Benefits Community Partner Challenges
  • Builds community awareness of college programs and services
  • Finding the best opportunity that wil support student learning and meet community needs
  • Opportunity for additional human resources which provide new perspectives and ideas
  • Value of the student time commitment versus the investment of agency time
  • Creates opportunities to enhance student civic responsibilities
NC Campus Compact: www.elon.edu/nccc
Civic Education Consortium: www.civics.org
Campus Compact: www.compact.org
Community College National Center for Community Engagement: www.mc.maricopa.edu/other/engagement
Farmers Insurance Service Learning: www.farmers.com/FarmComm/AmericanPromise/ap_acts/act_service.html

Academic Calendar

november 2019

11novAll Day03janOnline Registration for Currently Enrolled Students - Spring Semester 2020WCC Calendars:Academic,Getting Started

11novAll Day20decNew and Returning Student Advising & Registration - Spring Semester 2020WCC Calendars:Academic,Getting Started

11novAll Day28mayOnline Registration for Currently Enrolled Students - Summer Term 2020WCC Calendars:Academic,Getting Started

27novAll Day29Thanksgiving Holiday - No ClassesWCC Calendars:Academic

Contact Information

Image of Beth Foster
Beth Foster, BS
Director of Work Based Learning
Phone: 336-838-6173
bafoster167@wilkescc.edu
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