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Crucial Steps to Success

After planning comes implementation. By this point faculty have explored the concepts of SL, identified learning objectives for the SL, established community partnerships, and developed the syllabus.

Now the focus shifts to explaining SL to students, helping them get started, incorporating reflection, providing guidance, monitoring progress, and evaluating the experience. SL staff are available to assist during all of these phases.

Dr. Caile Spear lecturing about service learning

Dr. Caile Spear discusses service-learning with her students

  1. Explain SL:  Help students understand why, what, and how of SL.
  2. Answer Students’ FAQs :  Many of the same questions come up every semester; here are suggested answers.
  3. Connect with Theory :   Student learning and satisfaction depend directly on the extent of applying course theory to their service project.
  4. Guide Reflection:  Please don’t “hope” students make the connections, take time to guide them.
  5. Monitor Progress: There are specific ways to make sure students are on track.
  6. Evaluate & Assess:   Offer feedback, measure performance, assess teaching effectiveness.