Professional Development Academic Service-Learning 101
CETL Associate Director Meg Tarafdar and Professor Sharon Ellerton describe the importance and foundations of service-learning. They also explain the benefits to both students and faculty and raise some challenges to integrating service-learning in classrooms.
Using Reflection Activities in Your Classes
CETL Associate Director Meg Tarafdar defines reflection and ways to integrate reflection into the classroom.
Service Learning at QCC
Various faculty speak about the impact of service-learning on the campus and community at large. The video demonstrates how faculty incorporate service-learning into their curriculum.
Getting started – Learning Outcomes & Student Reflections
Students strengthen their learning when they reflect on their service-learning activities.
Service-Learning reflections are based on the Service-Learning learning outcomes:
Students will be able to relate what they learned in the classroom to their service-learning project.
Students will be able to recognize their capability to impact society.
Students will demonstrate confidence in their application of workplace skills.
Getting started – Designing a service-learning project
Service-learning is one of QCC’s high-impact practices. Service-learning reinforces academic learning, addresses community needs, and instills civic responsibility. Through analysis and reflection, participants identify and absorb what they have learned.
Grades for service-learning are based upon student reflections.
I want to skip the guide and go directly to the Project Form:
Incorporating service-learning into your syllabus
Please describe the project in your syllabus in enough detail so that your students will understand what they will be doing, the rationale for the project and the schedule of how it will fit into the semester.
Please identify the course and gen ed objectives that will be met through the project.
Please also identify the community partner, if known, and the need of the partner that the project will address/meet.
Service-Learning and Immigrant-Origin Community College Students: How and Why Project Design Matters; Amy E. Traver, Zivah Perel Katz, and Michael Bradley
Service-Learning: A Vehicle for Enhancing Academic Performance and Retention among Community College Developmental Reading and Writing Students; Regina A. Rochford
Service-Learning as a Pedagogical Tool for Career Development and Vocational Training; Sharon Ellerton, Cristina Di Meo, Arlene Kemmerer, Josephine Pantaleo, Mary Bandziukas, Michael Bradley, and Victor Fichera
Expanding Faculty Participation and Research in Academic Service-Learning at a Community College; Diane B. Call
Elizabeth DiGiorgio, Department of Art and Design. Picture Me in College: A Portrait Project with Homeless Children and Teens.
Arlene Kemmerer, Department of Academic Literacy; Josephine Pantaleo, Academic Literacy Learning Center; and Roseanne Vogel, Department of Speech Communication and Theater. Turning on Students with High-Impact Strategies.
Joan Petersen, Department of Biological Sciences. Establishing a Microbiology Honors Tract to Engage Health Science Majors in Service-Learning Activities.
Simran Kaur, Department of Biological Sciences. Promoting a Sustainable Lifestyle to Elementary School and College Students.
PUBLISHING RESOURCES FOR FACULTY Resources for faculty considering publishing or presenting on service-learning (including peer-reviewed journals):