OrientationTo maximize the value of your community learning:
- Understand what is community learning
- Assess your values, your vision, and your mission of service
- Seek a placement that meets course criteria and your interests
- Visit the agency website and/or location
- Attend the agency orientation
- Complete a Student Community Learning Plan
- Seek to serve, to experience, and to learn all that you can
- Reflect on your experience regularly (as part of course)
- Always sign in and out of the agency, and track your own hours too
- Bring proper closure to your service
- Request a letter of commendation for service well done
Reflection in Community Learning
Reflection is critical to community learning. The reflection process enables students to think critically about their educational experience and examine their service in greater context. Reflection should occur before, during and after service; reflection can happen through reading, writing, speaking, listening and acting upon service experiences.
Civic Engagement as an Outcome of Community Learning
Community learning, as community involvement, can lead students and faculty into civic engagement. Civic engagement is working to make a difference in the civic life of our community; developing the knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make a that difference; promoting quality of life through political and non-political processes.