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Service-Learning is a credit-based education experience in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs, and students reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation for the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility.
Service-Learning is more than simply adding community service to the classroom. It's about connecting academic content to real-world issues through partnerships with local organizations. Service-Learning energizes students and faculty, making a dynamic and engaging learning environment.
Key Components of Service-Learning:
SLCE is proud to support faculty initiatives to increase service opportunities for students.
The Service, Leadership, and Community Engagement (SLCE) Office is pleased to announce the availability of Service-Learning Mini-Grant Awards. These grants, typically between $250 and $750, are available to fund the implementation of new Service-Learning projects or the improvement of established projects in existing courses. Grants will be awarded to faculty on a competitive basis according to the selection criteria.
The Service-Learning Mini-Grants seek to encourage opportunities for active student experiences that enhance classroom learning through addressing community needs.
SLCE is affiliated with the Colorado Campus Compact who provide training and support for faculty who are currently, or hope to, implement service learning into their curriculum. One example of this support is the annual Engaged Faculty Institute (EFI).
The Engaged Faculty Institute (EFI) training program provides an opportunity for cohorts of faculty and instructors to engage in dialogue about student-centered, experiential education that enhances classroom learning while addressing community needs. The seminar series is designed to introduce and provide best practices for service learning, and to guide participants as they integrate it into their classroom curriculum and pedagogy. Foundational information on service learning is provided through discussion, reading, and guest speakers. Participants develop or modify a syllabus for one (or more) of their courses in a way that integrates principles and best practices of service learning. To date, over 80 faculty from 11 member institutions have participated in the EFI.
For additional information contact Erin Olsen in the SLCE Office at: email@example.com or (307) 766-6871.