Service Learning combines community service with academic instruction, focusing on critical reflective thinking and personal and civic responsibility.
Service learning programs involve students in activities that address community-identified needs, while developing their academic skills and commitment to their community.
"Service Learning is a form of experiential learning where students and faculty collaborate with community partners to develop learning opportunities. Service learning combines community service with academic instruction, focusing on critical reflective thinking and civic engagement. Students will be expected to reflect on their experience and the connection to the curriculum as well as to share their experience with other students, faculty and the community. Owens Community College seeks to contribute to the community and civically engage students."
Committee Members: Denise Shuster (Smith), Verne Walker, Amy Giordano, Deborah Ciecka, Deborah Gavlik, Elizabeth Tronolone, James Katzner, Janell Lang, Karen Schultz, Mary Harmon, Miriam Armstrong, Thomas Perin, William Ivoska, Maite Barrios, John Byers
Service Learning is an academically-based method of teaching and learning.
Service learning is NOT merely volunteering.
Service learning is NOT merely community service.
Service Learning fosters the development of those intangibles:
There are many types of community involvement. However, it is important to note some vital distinctions between Service Learning and these other forms of participation:
Volunteerism, where the emphasis is on the service being provided and the primary intended beneficiary is clearly the community partner/organization.
Community Service, where the primary focus is on the service being provided, as well as the benefits the service activities have on the recipients.
Internships that engage students in activities primarily for the purpose of providing students with hands-on experiences that enhance their learning or understanding of issues relevant to a particular area of study.
Field Education that provides students with co-curricular service opportunities that are related, but not fully integrated, with their formal academic studies.
Service Learning emphasizes benefits for both the student and the community organization while offering opportunities for reflection and clear connections to curricula and/or course of study. Through the service experience students might also gain valuable hands on knowledge or co-curricular participation.