Learning Experientially

Service Learning

Combining real world experience with the academic curriuclum is the most powerful of all teaching strategies. Students are able to connect what's in their books to the lives and needs of real people. This transfer does not apply only to the obvious service fields such as health care and social work. Imagine students in English doing scenes from Shakespeare for a community organization; or math majors tutoring local elementary students; or business students helping a local non-profit organization with a marketing plan. What matters most in Service Learning is to make the connection between the acdemic goals and the service component explicit, with graded assignments and reflection moments desiged to tie the two together tightly.

Read the University of Alberta's: Guidebook for Community Service Learning