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Service Learning Resources



The four central components of service learning are preparation, action, reflection, and demonstration. We have divided the resources below into these same four categories to help enhance your knowledge of service learning, as well as provide you with tools for the creation and assessment of your own projects. As you look to plan a service learning experience for students, please feel free to submit an application for a mini-grant from Student Activities.


Take a look at the links below to gain or fine-tune knowledge about service learning 

•Learn more about the history of service learning from the National Service Learning Clearinghouse 

•Find out what characteristics make up a true service learning project 

•Find answers to frequently asked questions about service learning 

•Appalachian State University provides information about the pedagogy of service learning, as well as additional     resources connected to the philosophy of service learning


Use these resources to help you plan a service learning experience

•See sample syllabi from the Campus Compact

•The following two resources provide steps in planning a service learning program 

   Designing a service-learning project in ten steps

   Outlining steps for planning, implementing, and assessing service-learning project


The information below provides references to help guide the reflections related to service learning

•The following two resources discuss models of reflection for service-learning

   Creating structured opportunities for reflection during service projects

   Incorporating creative reflection activities

•Reflection can also be tied to experiential learning achieved through service


Here are examples of actual service projects, as well as information about how to assess the effectiveness of a service learning program

•Use this searchable database to see other service learning programs around the country

•Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis offers some classroom tools for assessing course effectiveness

•The National Service Learning Clearinghouse provides selected resources related to the assessment of service learning projects

[General Service Learning Resources]

Additional information can be found by browsing the following sites. While other information on service-learning is available, these sites hold a wealth of information in a central location.

   The National Service Learning Clearinghouse

   National Campus Compact

   Texas Campus Compact

•Campus Compact provides information about publishing outlets for service learning and community-based research

•An additional publishing outlet is the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning