Jill A. Moreno Ikari, Ed.D.
What is service learning?
Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community
service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic
responsibility, and strengthen communities (Learn and Serve America National Service
Service Learning is different from volunteering because Service Learning is a teaching method that incorporates community based activities into the curricula. Unlike volunteers, service learning students are required to connect service experiences to course content through reading, writing, and dialogue.
Who is it for?
Service Learning is for all students and faculty. Students receive valuable skills and experience within the field (service learning can be incorporated into all disciplines), while gaining a greater comprehension of the material being covered within their courses with the “hands on” application. Faculty members are able to create a greater level of engagement and participation within the classroom activities and discussions through the increase in students’ shared experiences.
What are the benefits?
Service Learning allows students the opportunity to make connections with what they are learning in the classroom and how it is actually applied in employment settings. Not only does it increase their employability, but they enjoy a more enriching learning experience.