Service-Learning

Special Event

  Join us for a special day of
professional development

       Engaging in Service-Learning

               December 4, 2013

Sessions for
Faculty, Students, and Community Partners

                             RSVP to Jana Beaver at jbeaver@una.edu

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For Faculty
11:45-1:45 in the GUC Performance Center

Introduction to Service-Learning: Integrated, Critically Reflective, Democratic Engagement

One of many forms of experiential learning. A high impact pedagogy in disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses. A mechanism for community-campus partnerships. A social justice strategy. An approach to collaborative knowledge generation. Service-learning is—or can be—all of these. It is also, for many of us, a highly counternormative undertaking, with the potential for transformational outcomes if it is understood and designed as (a) integrated, (b) critically reflective, and (c) democratic engagement.

In this interactive workshop we will work with these three frameworks as we consider the meaning of, approaches to, and possibilities for service-learning at the University of North Alabama.  Specifically, we will

  • identify potential purposes that might guide our development of service-learning
  • examine several examples of service-learning enhanced courses that have been designed in accordance with a common understanding of the pedagogy yet are highly customized
  • consider how to design critical reflection to generate, deepen, and document learning and improved practice
  • explore the dynamics of service-learning partnerships that embody democratic engagement

Participants will contribute to the development of a set of shared ideas and questions as a basis for ongoing conversation at UNA and will leave the session with concrete possibilities for their own implementation of service-learning.

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For Students 
2:30-3:30 in the GUC Performance Center

Students Engaging with the World, Now: As Real as it Gets

All too often we speak of the “real world” as beginning after graduation and, relatedly, we think of the college experience as a time of preparation for “real life.” Service-learning, however, invites us to approach college as the “real world” and to assume responsibility for that world and for our presence in it, now. Students can be key change agents in this process, leading the way toward a more civically engaged campus.

Our guest, Patti Clayton, has worked closely with students as co-creators of service-learning courses, partnerships, projects, and systems to support them. She will invite participants in this discussion—for students only—to think together about the possibilities for service-learning at the University of North Alabama and their own potential roles in articulating a vision and working collaboratively to bring it about.


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 For Community Partners 
10:15-11:45 in GUC 207

Community Members Engaging with UNA in Co-Created Partnerships

Community-campus partnerships flourish as opportunities for learning, growth, and change when everyone takes on identities and roles as true partners—when each partner sees themselves as (and is seen by others as) teachers, learners, and leaders. Such co-creation involves respecting the knowledge and resources each individual and organization brings to the partnership, sharing power and responsibility, and collaboratively establishing goals and approaches to achieving them. Building and maintaining such reciprocal partnerships is challenging and often includes reframing our usual ways of defining ourselves and interacting with one another.  In the case of service-learning it may also involve reframing understandings of and approaches to service and to relationships between communities and campuses.

Our guest, Patti Clayton, has worked closely with community members as co-creators of service-learning courses, partnerships, projects, and systems to support them. She will invite participants in this discussion—for community members only—to think together about the possibilities for co-created service-learning partnerships with the University of North Alabama and about their own potential roles in articulating a vision and working collaboratively to bring it about.