Academic Service Learning is a pedagogical approach and a form of experiential learning that purposefully links academic outcomes, community-identified needs, and relevant service (direct service, indirect service, or community-based research) in collaboration with a community partner.
Service learning experiences include training and orientation to community need and partner, students’ active participation, and course-based guided reflection for integrative learning.
The Office of Service Learning works with faculty to identify, coordinate, and support service learning within academic courses. Faculty identify course outcomes and objectives which can be paired with a service experience to enhance student learning. The Office of Service Learning pairs faculty members with a community-identified need and community partner. Students, faculty, and staff work within mutually beneficial community-based partnerships based in Lynn, Lawrence, and across the North Shore and greater Boston area.
Academic Service Learning Occurs. . .
Faculty incorporates into course curriculum
Experiences enhance specific course outcomes
Requires students to prepare, participate, and reflection upon service
Component of grade and academic credit
Community partner identifies specific needs
Experiences augment existing work of partner
Development of a reciprocal relationship with mutual learning
Provides additional feedback to students
Students test theories in real-life situations
Students participate in addressing real problems
Project makes a meaningful difference in the local community
Development of civic values and social responsibility