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1 Developing a New Academic Service-Learning Course

2 What is Academic Service-Learning (ASL)? Academic service-learning – A teaching method that combines community service with academic instruction, focusing on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility. An academic service-learning course: Uses experiential strategies characterized by student participation in an organized service activity Is connected to specific learning outcomes Meets identified community needs Provides structured time for students to analyze and connect the service experience to learning Adapted from: Heffernan, K. (2001). Fundamentals of service- learning course connection. Providence: Campus Compact.

3 Getting Started Goals today – Provide each of you with a formulaic approach; – Examples in engineering and the humanities; – Ask you to participate each step of the way; and – Establish a Circle of Trust in which we all share.

4 Some Questions for Reflection What is/are the purposes of higher education? – Is it to generate wealth? – Is it to enable students to become model employees? – Or is it something else? – Your thoughts? Why are we university faculty members? – Again, your thoughts?

5 Making Connections with Academic Service-Learning I would suspect that.. – we each care about the quality of the education we provide; and – we want to make a difference in the world. I would submit that service learning does both equally well. Lets begin!

6 Academic Service-Learning Across the University Humanities – BU Scholars Program – SCHL 280 Peace : An Historical Reflection 4 credit hour course Gen Ed: H Fall 2011 Engineering – BE 450/451 Senior Level Capstone Design 2 semesters 4 credit hours per semester Requires a major design experience

7 BU Scholars Program SCHL 280 Peace : An Historical Reflection Partnerships in BU Scholars Program The Rescue Mission ( The Rescue Mission is a grassroots organization offering programs to help people physically, psychologically, socially and spiritually. The programs are holistic and involve the elements of personal responsibility, self-determination and an internal transformation of values and vision resulting in a restoration of self-respect. The homeless, the hungry, the sick, the addicted, the abused and the hopeless have all found a warm welcome at the Rescue Mission. Men, women and children have found a safe place and compassionate friends in their darkest moments.

8 Engineering BE 450/451 Senior Level Capstone Design Partnerships in Capstone Bioengineering TRAID Program in NYS ( technology/traid-program) technology/traid-program TRAIDs goal is to increase the access and acquisition of assistive technology in the four domain areas of education, employment, community living and information technology/telecommunications. Through the 12 Regional TRAID Centers (RTCs), staff provide information, training, device demonstration and loan, technical assistance and advocacy on how to obtain and use assistive technology services and devices. The TRAID Program, in collaboration with the NYS Department of Health Early Intervention Program, provides partial funding to the RTCs for equipment loan libraries for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.

9 Engineering BE 450/451 Senior Level Capstone Design Partnerships in Capstone Bioengineering Corazon de Dahlia ( To collaborate with Peruvian communities to facilitate sustainable, healthy development and provide educational opportunities to empower children and families. We provide children and families with opportunities for social and academic enrichment, emphasizing respect for the people and land around them. Children thrive when they have a structure in place where they are nurtured and feel safe from physical and sexual abuse. Our Center for the Promotion of Child & Family Development is a social and educational project, in which we will develop skills and values through various outlets such as social development, cultural awareness, literacy proficiency, and mental health. We will improve the quality of life for children, families, and the society at large by offering tangible alternatives in order to advance their education through training, guidance, counseling, and support.

10 Step One: Course Outline Develop a brief description of your course – What type of course do you want to develop? – What are the goals and learning outcomes of the course? – In what way(s) do you want to incorporate service-learning?

11 Step Two: Stakeholders For consideration… For whom are you creating value or benefits? Who are your most important stakeholders? Students Community Members Colleagues Alumni Administrators NGOs Businesses Government Universities Public Other

12 Step Two: Impacts and Benefits What impact will your ASL course have on each stakeholder? Which of your stakeholders problems are you helping to solve? What services (or products) are you offering to each stakeholder segment? Which stakeholder needs are you satisfying? How will they benefit? Practical assistance towards a sustainable community? Community-based services Infrastructure development Professional development Student retention Enhanced learning Other

13 SCHL 280 Peace : An Historical Reflection

14 BE 450/451 Senior Level Capstone Design


16 Step Three: Key Activities Information Sessions Direct engagement with stakeholders Research/education Community Project Public Symposium Other -What key activities need to take place for each stakeholder to benefit? -Think about each stakeholder specifically and how you will interact with them to maintain your relationship.

17 Step Four: Key Resources What key resources do you require to ensure each stakeholder benefits? What key resources do you need to maintain your stakeholder relations? Physical resources (equipment) Information resources Human resources (knowledgeable community members) Financial resources A brand (your program/universitys reputation) Trust (long-term relationships, positive past experiences) Other

18 SCHL 280 Peace : An Historical Reflection

19 BE 450/451 Senior Level Capstone Design


21 For Consideration: Value Streams Returns For what value are your stakeholders willing to pay? What do they currently contribute or pay for? How and in what form will your stakeholders return value? How would your stakeholders prefer to contribute? How much does each value stream contribute to the overall success of your program? Supporter donations for program costs Scholarly publications for faculty Media coverage to promote program Professional development for students Health benefits for the community Other

22 For Consideration: Value Streams Tuition Time, energy, enthusiasm Activities that place value at risk Economies of program scale Economies of program scope Other Costs and Outlays -What are the most important costs inherent to your program value? -Which key activities are most expensive and in terms of what value? -Which key resources are most expensive and in terms of what value?

23 ASL Resources in the CCE The Basics – The CCE website has many relevant articles and links that outline the basics of incorporating academic service-learning (ASL) into ones curriculum. The website also lists online resources and links to other organizations on campus that are relevant to civic engagement at Terminology – To access a list of terms commonly used when studying and/or utilizing service-learning and civic engagement on campus please visit Research and Reports – The CCE relies on published research and reports on service-learning, civic engagement, and volunteerism for decision-making processes. – These can be viewed at

24 ASL Resources in the CCE Faculty FAQ – The CCE has compiled a list of frequently asked questions about service-learning and starting civically engaged higher education courses that can be found at faq.html faq.html CCE Lending Library – Library in the office open to faculty and staff use – Over 300 books in areas including service-learning, research and journals of community service, student development and MORE!

25 Starting a Dialogue George Catalano PhD Watson School, Bioengineering BI 2614 Questions? Hopes Fears Hesitations Anxieties Contact Information Center for Civic Engagement | Binghamton University Library South Ground Floor 548 Phone: (607) 777-4287 | Fax: (607) 777-3099 Email: 777-4287(607) Jacqueline Fritsch Graduate Assistant Center for Civic Engagement Library South Ground 548

26 References This handout is an adapted version of the Learning Through Service Program Model Blueprint developed by Kurt Paterson, PhD, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Michigan Tech Learning Through Service Program Model Blueprint by K.G. Paterson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Based on works at and http://weblog.tetradian.com

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