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Co-Curricular/Service Learning

Service Learning

Co-curricular learning, Service Learning, and Volunteering

Co-curricular learning is defined as any learning activities, programs, and experiences that reinforce our mission and values (Higher Learning Commission, 2020).  Service Learning and organized volunteering through the school, department or in classes may be forms of co-curricular activities.

What is the difference between Service Learning & Volunteering

Volunteering focuses on the benefits to the service recipients. There are NO specific learning objectives tied to the experience.    

Service learning is tied to specific learning objectives.  It enhances the academic curriculum of a course or program in which the participants are enrolled. Service learning is experiential and requires assessment by participants on their service experience and application to the specific learning objectives. Overall, the most important feature of service-learning is that both learning and service are emphasized. 

Benefits of Service Learning to Students and Faculty

  • Enriches student learning of course material and brings books to life

  • Engages students in active learning that demonstrates the relevance and importance of academic work for their life experience and career choices

  • Increases awareness of current societal issues as they relate to academic areas of interest

  • Broadens perspectives of diversity issues and enhances critical thinking skills

  • Improves interpersonal skills that are increasingly viewed as important skills in achieving success in professional and personal environments

  • Develops civic responsibility through active community involvement

Benefits to the Community

  • Provides substantial human resources to meet educational, human, safety and environmental needs of local communities

  • Allows the energy and enthusiasm of college students to contribute for meeting needs

  • Fosters an ethic of service and participation in students who will be tomorrow’s volunteers and civic leaders

  • Creates potential for additional partnerships with faculty and increased collaboration with the campus

  • Provides opportunities to be co-educators