"Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve."
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Why Service Learning?
Service Learning is way for instructors to:
- Inform and expand classroom learning by addressing current community needs and concerns
- Guide students to understand and reflect on their community-based experience as it relates to their academic study
- Learn about the structure and purposes of community-based organizations
- Understand and appreciate our roles as members of a civic community and as citizens of a democracy
Service Learning Agreement
A Service Learning Agreement is available for use in all Service Learning classes. If you plan to integrate service learning in your courses, please contact the Coordinator at (541) 463-5395 to receive a packet of Agreements at the beginning of the term and send all completed Agreements to the Service Learning office at the end of each term.
Student Reflection Form Examples
- History 203 Service Learning project guidelines
- History 203 Service Learning project Agreement Forms
Faculty Reflection and Self-evaluation
Your reflections as a faculty member are important to us! Upon completion of a Service Learning project, faculty are requested to complete the following self-evaluation. Our goal is to sustain Service Learning beyond its initial launch. Your responses to this questionnaire will assist us in our efforts to increase service learning across the disciplines and sustain projects that serve our campus and community. Thank you!
Faculty Reflection Questionnaire
- Why were you drawn to the Service Learning project?
- Explain the project as a whole. How would you rate the experience for you as an instructor, on a scale for 1 to 5, with 1=poor and 5=high?
- What if anything did you gain from the experience?
- What if anything do you think your students gained from the experience?
- From your perspective, how did the community agency or agencies benefit? Specifically, which agencies/locations did you send students to complete Service Learning?
- How did the service activity contribute to class material? Were the connections easy or difficult to make? Please provide 2-3 specific examples.
- What was your initial experience with your students? Did it change over the term? How? When?
- What problems did you encounter? Were these resolved? How? Why? Please be specific, naming the site(s) where the problem occurred and how you resolved the conflict.
- Did you feel rewarded? In what ways? What factors do you attribute to this?
- What would you say was your greatest success story in this experience?
- What would you say was your biggest challenge in this experience?
- Would you recommend changes to the course/Service Learning project? What changes would you recommend?
- Will you engage in Service Learning in this course again? Will you coordinate with the same agencies or make connections with new agencies/sites?
- Would you recommend the incorporation of Service Learning to other instructors? Why or why not?
Agency and Site Reflections
"Our group connection deepened tremendously from the service learning work LCC students performed. We would recommend incorporating service learning at other agencies and sites. Thank you for being such a memorable part of our healing."
--Group responses as a result of WR 245: The Poet in the City workshop at Hospice/Sacred Heart
"The LCC class project helped me begin to face up and start a new life. Many thanks!"
--Participant in WR 245: The Poet in the City workshop at Hospice/Sacred Heart
"I'd recommend service learning to other agencies and sites because it's beneficial to my clients and the students and it will increase appreciation for young people and LCC."
--Hospice Volunteer Coordinator