Curricular Considerations

  • Engagement: Does the service component meet a public good; has the community been consulted; have campus-community boundaries been negotiated?

  • Partnership: Are partnerships reciprocal; how can partners serve as co-educators on relevant community issues?

  • Reflection: Is there a mechanism that encourages students to link their service experience to course content and to reflect upon the value and benefits of their engagement?

  • Outcomes: Are course outcomes focused on whether the service makes a difference in the civic life of the communities; and how knowledge, skills, values and motivations make that difference?

  • Assessment: Is there a process for documenting educational assessment of both course and departmental goals in measurable terms of knowledge, skills, values and attitudes?

Keys to Optimum Community Learning:

  • Clear understanding of community learning and its relation to course goals

  • Communication and collaboration with community partners

  • Orientation and best practices in risk management for students

  • Processes for student reflection , dialogue , dissemination of learning