Service Learning - Faculty Resources

Are you considering integrating a Service Learning component into your course?

If so, the questions below are worth pondering. Please feel free to contact Karen Harding for assistance.


Specifically, what might students receive from a Service Learning experience that they wouldn’t learn without a Service Learning (SL) experience? (This might include academic enhancement, community involvement , personal growth, etc.)

How might Service Learning help you achieve one or more of your course objectives?

  • Which particular objectives do you have in mind?
  • How are you currently approaching those objectives?

What types of activities would you like your students to participate in?

  • Would you prefer to organize this activity?
  • Or would you rather connect with a community partner already involved in this work?

Which community partners are you interested in working with?

  • Why? How will the work of your students benefit them?
  • Which contacts do you already have?
  • Which ones will need to be made?
  • How will the work of student volunteers benefit your community partner?

How will you help students see how course content relates to their SL experience?

  • How does course work help set the stage for SL experience?
  • How does SL experience reinforce course content?

How does SL bring new insights/ideas into course content?

  • How much time will students devote to this SL experience?
    (This might include in-class time, out-of-class time, volunteer hours, group activities, etc. )

How might you help students get the most out of this experience?

  • What questions might you ask students to prepare them to learn as much as possible from this experience?
    (i.e. Writing followed by class discussion, background research, ideas about the client/community needs being addressed)
  • What questions might you ask them in the midst of this experience? (i.e. Journal prompts? Class discussions?)
  • What follow-up/reflection questions would you like students to respond to prior to, during, and after their service experience?
    • About course content
    • About their community?
    • About their relationship to their community?
    • About themselves?
  • What, if anything, might you need to add to (or remove from) course content in order to make SL experience useful? Feasible? Fit within the time available?

What barriers do you face?

  • What actions might help you overcome these barriers? (Please consider connecting with Karen Harding for help with these issues.)

How might you assess the student’s work/experience/learning?

  • Will this assessment be a factor is assigning course grades?

How will you assess the success and relevance of this SL component in your course?

  • For student learning?
  • For students as individuals?
  • For yourself as an instructor?
  • For yourself as a person?

What records would you like to keep about this experience?

  • A) student volunteer hours
  • B) student responses/reflections
  • C) personal journal/log of experience
  • D) personal insights
  • E) information about community partners




Christie Flynn
Dean of Library and Learning Resources

Rebecca Anderson
Community Engagement Coordinator

Service Learning Hotline