Service-Learning is a pedagogical method used in credit-bearing courses that is designed with the dual mission of:
a) Student attainment of discipline specific knowledge through creatively designed active learning community based projects and
b) Community benefit through the the thoughtful
identification and completion of community-based service.
The methodology of Service-Learning requires:
a) A clear link between academic objectives and service
experience that is mutually beneficial to the goals of the course and community need.
b) Student reflection as a means to gain a greater
understanding of course content and a broader sense of civic responsibility.
The Leduc Center offers resources and support to faculty and student leaders implementing service-learning into their courses and programs. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth offers service-learning classes, from introductory courses to capstones, that extend classroom learning into the community through meaningful, challenging service.
As of Fall 2012, new undergraduate students are required to complete a general education curriculum called University Studies. Of the five clusters under University Studies, service-learning courses satisfy the last component, The Educated and Engaged Citizen. The listing of service-learning courses offered is updated each semester.
Faculty members interested in service-learning can join the Service-Learning Faculty Fellows program to learn more about service-learning in a group setting.
For faculty who are interested in learning more about redesigning their current courses to incorporate service-learning as a pedagogy, the Leduc Center has produced a series of modules to aid in this endeavor.
For more information about service-learning, please contact us!