Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.
Quinnipiac encourages faculty to use experiential and service learning techniques and opportunities in their courses. When Service Learning is a central part of a course design the faculty can seek to have the course designated as a SL course in the Course Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The SL designation helps faculty advisers and students identify Service Learning courses to plan and prepare for registration.
The Committee on Service and Service Learning works with the director of the office of community service to oversee service learning at Quinnipiac. The committee is composed of faculty, students and administration representatives. The committee determines each semester which courses are designated as SL courses.
The following basic principles serve as guidelines in designing a Service Learning course and should be reflected in the course syllabus:
- Engagement is fostered through service projects with a community partner.
- Reflection on the experience of working on the community project takes place academically in the classroom and personally through activities outside the classroom.
- Reciprocity is promoted by addressing real community needs.
- Dissemination means that previous courses serve as models of best practices for new courses.