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1 Learning the Liberal Arts through Service Sheila Cordner

2 Service Project Goals 1 - To gain a new perspective of your study of literature. 2 - To bring literature in some way to a group of people in our city outside of Boston University. 3 - To become more engaged students of literature. 4 - To relate what you are learning as college students to important issues in our contemporary society.

3 Outline of Discussion 1 - Why service learning and what is it? 2 – Sample service projects 3 – Service learning in your courses?

4 Service Learning a form of experiential learning where students and faculty collaborate with communities to address problems and issues, simultaneously gaining knowledge and skills and advancing personal development -- UCLAs Higher Education Research Institute

5 Service Learning 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. From: service-learning service-learning

6 Why Service Learning in the Liberal Arts? While service-learning may have been taken up originally (and enthusiastically) by faculty in occupational fields such as business and education and social science fields such as sociology and political science, we believe that community service learning certainly can play an equal role, and may even play a larger one, in humanistic disciplines such as philosophy. In order to thrive, these fields need to demonstrate their relevance to a new generation of young adults, and community service learning represents an important vehicle for doing so. --Scott Seider & Jason Taylor

7 Why Service Learning at Boston University? We remain dedicated to our founding principles: that higher education should be accessible to all and that research, scholarship, artistic creation, and professional practice should be conducted in the service of the wider community local and international. -- Boston University Mission Statement

8 B.U.s FYSOP Program First-Year Student Outreach Project Approximately 1,000 students participated in issue areas (elders, the environment, homelessness and housing)

9 Community Service at B.U....is thriving

10 Community Service VS. Service Learning?

11 Reflection component of Service Learning Written reflection relates service to course material

12 Sample Service-Learning Projects

13 Service Learning in English and Humanities courses EN 142 Literary Types: Poetry (Fall 2009) EN 121 World Literature (Fall 2010) EN 220 Seminar in Literature (Spring 2011) HU 101 Breaks with Tradition (Spring 2012)

14 One-time service project

15 Build up to the service project Introduce the idea early in the semester

16 Service learning in the Dental school: specific application of course material vs. Service projects in my courses relate to course themes, key course questions

17 EN 220: SEMINAR IN LITERATURE Seminar theme of EDUCATION Course texts included: Langston Hughes, Theme for English B William Wordsworth, The Tables Turned and Expostulation and Reply Ama Ata Aidoo, Changes: A Love Story Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure Margaret Edson, Wit

18 EN 220 SERVICE PROJECTS Students participated in 4 educational projects in Boston: – Prison Book Program – Writing workshop for youth at 826 Boston – Sudanese Education Fund – Book Club at Hale House, a senior center and nursing home

19 Project Requirements 1) Sign up for a one-time project 2) Participate with a group in one of the service projects 3) Report back to the class 4) Write a reflection relating the experience to course texts and class discussions

20 Assessment Tools PROJECT GRADE: Participation in project Reflection Paper First Part - Open-ended reflection Second Part - Make specific connections to course texts, themes, and questions

21 Student Feedback …Seniors need to expand their minds the same way students do. I point this out to prove that seniors and students may seem very different, but at the core, we are all humans and need to fulfill the same basic need for education. -- Seminar in Literature Student (Computer Science Major; Hale House Book Club participant)

22 HU 102: Breaks with Tradition Spring Freshmen in the College of General Studies (CGS) Humanities course integrating literature, art history, and film Part of the core liberal arts curriculum at CGS

23 Service project related to overarching course question: What roles do literature, art, and film play in society?

24 Sample HU 102 Projects Discussions of: The Searchers (course film) with a group of elders at a Hearth house for homeless senior citizens War literature with veterans. Dickenss Hard Times (course text) at Hale House nursing home

25 Service Projects in Your Courses?

26 Step 1: Brainstorm Goals? Applicable Knowledge and Skills? Incorporate service project into syllabus

27 Step 2: Build Partnerships Target projects accessible by public transportation Identify organizations that already partner with colleges and corporations Boston Cares – bostoncares.org B.U. Community Service Center

28 Building Partnerships (contd) State clearly what your students can do for the organization (time commitment, # of students, etc.) Find out the organizations expectations: – Volunteer orientation/training? – Student preparation? – Time commitment? – Number of students?

29 Step 3: Schedule Projects Outline agreement in writing (# of students, dates, etc.) Scheduling students – Doodle – Contracts

30 Scheduling (contd) Prepare an alternative research project for students with scheduling conflicts

31 Keep it simple!

32 Food for thought…

33 Brainstorming Service Projects in Upper-level Courses – Students choose placements and submit proposals – Specialized projects – Incorporate a research component

34 Brainstorming Service Projects in Different Disciplines Possible ideas… Foreign Languages – partner with elderly immigrants who want to converse in their native language Sciences – participate in a project with Science Club for Girls Film – screen a film and lead a discussion at a homeless shelter

35 Further Resources Campus Compact Purdue Service-Learning Center

36 ~ Personal experience truly gives meaning to education because it connects you to the subject that seems so far away in the books or on the chalkboards. – Seminar in Literature Student (English Major; Hale House Book Club Participant) ~ Thank you and feel free to contact me:


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