Service-Learning

For Faculty interested in offering Service-Learning

Service-Learning Defined

Service-Learning Defined Service-Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, enhance civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.

There are two ways Service-Learning courses may be offered at the University of North Alabama: 1) the course numbers of 199 and 399 in each department and 2) departmental courses with a service-learning component.

Criteria for All Service-Learning Courses

To qualify as service-learning at UNA, a community based service-learning experience must meet the following criteria:

Criteria for Service-Learning Departmental Course Designation

Examples of Service Learning

There are other types of community based service involvement experiences that may be considered similar to, but differ both operationally and philosophically from, service-learning. It is important to note some vital distinctions between service-learning and these other forms of community based service involvement to arrive at a clearer understanding of service-learning. Examples of such community based service involvement experiences are provided below. Volunteerism, where the primary emphasis is on the service being provided and the primary intended beneficiary is clearly the service recipient. Community Service, where the primary emphasis is on the service being provided, as well as the benefits the service activities have on the recipients. Internships/clinical experiences/practicum experiences that engage students in service activities primarily for the purpose of providing students with hands-on experiences that enhance their learning or understanding of issues relevant to a particular area of study.

Activities That Do not Constitute Service-Learning

In order to ensure the academic integrity of the service-learning experiences within the mission of the University of North Alabama, students, faculty, and staff may not engage in certain activities while representing the university. The activities that do not constitute service learning include the following:

Assessment

At the completion of the course service-learning experience, an assessment will be used to solicit the impact of service- learning on all stakeholders: students, faculty, staff, and community partners.