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Service Learning

The purpose of this course is to provide educators with an understanding of service learning; the guiding principles of service learning activities; and how to implement, monitor, and evaluate effective service learning projects. Students will learn to design and initiate service learning projects at the K-12 level.

A thorough understanding of service learning supports a higher quality implementation of service learning projects, develops character, and supports the affective and cognitive domains of learning. Nationally, almost all K-12 schools support service projects and value the implications for character development associated with service learning. Many high schools require service credit hours as an elective towards graduation. Most colleges have volunteer divisions to promote community service and some even require service participation for graduation. Numerous major corporations conduct service projects for their employees. The understanding of the foundations of the concept of service, including how/why serving promotes learning and allows the provider to develop the internal motivation to serve others without being prompted by requirements or competitive goals, is a critical element that appears to be missing from popular conceptions of service.

This course will examine the past and current practices of service learning in educational settings. Participants will discover how service learning has become associated with schools and will also study the history of service learning in America. Participants will discover the varied and diverse activities providing service learning opportunities. Finally, participants will learn how to connect service learning activities to their state curriculum objectives and learning standards. Participants will understand how service learning enhances brain development, engages the learner/service provider, and affects the cognitive and affective domains of learning.

The goal of this course is to motivate teachers and students to view participating in service activities as necessary for enhancing learning and character development in the school environment.


Graduate Participants earn 3 semester hours of graduate credit and will receive a transcript from one of our partner institutions below. Professional Development participants receive a certificate of completion for 45 hours of professional developments credit for face-to-face classes, and 60 hours of professional development credit for online classes.

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Course Schedule

  • 8/8/17 - 11/14/17
  • 10/10/17 - 1/9/18
  • 12/12/17 - 3/13/18
  • 2/13/18 - 5/8/18
  • 4/10/18 - 7/10/18
  • 6/12/18 - 9/11/18
  • 8/14/18 -11/13/18

Introduction: Service Learning

Contents:

  • Member introductions
  • Participants Make Agreements for Class Norms/Expectations
  • Course Modules, resources and requirements
  • Personal Reflection and Experience with service, learning and service learning

Session 1: Defining and Understanding the Concept of Service Learning

Contents:

  • Establish a working definition of service learning
  • Explore a historical timeline of Service Learning Initiatives
  • Review Models of Service Learning
  • Summary Assignment

Session 2: Exploring the Impact of Service Learning on Affective Learning

Contents:

  • Provide Definition of Affective Learning
  • Review Parts of Brain Functioning and Development
  • Develop an understanding of why performing service makes you feel good
  • Analyze how service learning supports the acquisition of basic human needs
  • Match examples of service learning to levels in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs
  • Summary Assignment

Session 3: Exploring the Impact of Service Learning on Cognitive Learning

Contents:

  • Provide definition of Cognitive Learning
  • Develop an understanding of how service learning supports cognitive learning
  • Evaluate how service learning supports meta-cognition
  • Synthesize cognitive theories that support service learning
  • Summary Assignment

Session 4: Explore and Evaluate the Goals of Service Learning Projects

Contents:

  • Identify the Goals of Service Learning Projects
  • Link Character Education principles to service learning
  • Develop individual guidelines for school projects
  • Explore activities that achieve the goals and guidelines for projects
  • Review Evaluation Methods used in service learning
  • Summary Assignment

Session 5: Designing Relevant Service Learning Projects

Contents:

  • Review of national/state/local service learning projects/foundations
  • Explore, discuss and evaluate individual/classroom/school-wide service learning projects
  • Design and link goals, activities and evaluation for a service project to present in Module Ten
  • Conduct a collaborative group review prior to project implementation
  • Learn how to link resources
  • Summary Assignment

Session 6: Matching the Curriculum to Service Learning Projects

Contents:

  • Review State Standards
  • Match service learning project goals to curriculum goals and standards
  • Create interdisciplinary curriculum web for service learning project
  • Summary Assignment

Session 7: Review of Literature and Audio/Visual Resources for Student-Led Projects

Contents:

  • Define bibliotherapy
  • Review of children's literature related to service learning
  • Develop bibliography of service learning projects, books and materials for classroom use
  • Explore websites for service learning projects
  • Summary Assignment

Session 8: Explore Opportunities for Service Learning Project Grants

Contents:

  • Review of local, state, national and international grants for projects
  • Review of recent research on service learning projects for “best practices”
  • Summary Assignment

Session 9: The Down Side of Service

Contents:

  • Dealing with confidentiality
  • Over-stimulation/Depression caused by service
  • Negative Consequences
  • Criminal Mischief in Service Activities
  • Assessing Student Readiness for Projects
  • Setting realistic but lofty expectations
  • Summary Assignment

Session 10: Final Projects and Final Exam

Contents:

  • Review of major course concepts
  • Final project presentations
  • Final exam
  • Course evaluations
Objectives
  • Compose a definition of service learning.
  • Differentiate service learning from service learning projects.
  • Explore and examine a historical timeline of service learning Initiatives.
  • Develop a service learning/service projects timeline.
  • Review models and effective principals of service learning.
  • Discuss parts of brain functioning and development.
  • Develop an understanding of why performing service activities makes you feel good.
  • Justify how service learning supports the acquisition of basic human needs.
  • Find examples of service learning that relate to the various levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs.
  • Construct a reflective questionnaire assessing the value of service learning.
  • Compose a definition of cognitive learning.
  • Develop an understanding of how service learning supports cognitive Learning.
  • Evaluate how service learning supports metacognition.
  • Synthesize cognitive theories that support service learning.
  • Design Goals for Service Learning Projects.
  • Discuss Character Education principles involved in service learning.
  • Propose individual guidelines for school projects.
  • Design activities that achieve the goals and follow the guidelines for projects.
  • Rate evaluation methods used in service learning.
  • Rate national/state/local service learning projects and foundations.
  • Explore, discuss, and evaluate individual/classroom/school-wide service learning projects.
  • Design and link goals, activities, and evaluation for a service project to present in Module Ten.
  • Conduct a collaborative group review prior to project implementation.
  • Develop a plan for how resources will be utilized and linked.
  • Assess state standards.
  • Reconcile service learning project goals with curriculum goals and standards.
  • Create interdisciplinary curriculum web graphic organizer for service learning project.
  • Discuss bibliotherapy.
  • Determine how children’s literature is related to service learning.
  • Develop a bibliography of service learning projects, books, and materials for classroom use.
  • Explore websites for service learning projects.
  • Explore local, state, national, and international grants for projects.
  • Recommend research on service learning projects for “best practices.”
  • Determine ways of dealing with confidentiality.
  • Predict over-stimulation/depression that may be caused by service.
  • Imagine possible negative consequences.
  • Recognize criminal mischief in service activities.
  • Assess student readiness for projects.
  • Create lofty, but realistic, expectations for service learning projects.
  • Summarize the major course concepts.
  • Present a final project and demonstrate personal commitment.
Grading

Our Partners are well-established regionally and nationally accredited colleges and universities, recognized for academic excellence and their commitment to teachers.

Important Information

Online Courses are 13 weeks in length.

Face-to-Face Course courses are held Friday evening from 6pm-9pm and Saturday/Sunday, 8am-6pm.

Weekday courses are Monday-Friday from 8:30am- 5:30pm.

It is the responsibility of the student to check with their state, county, district or school to ensure that all requirements are being met.

Check the Partner University area of our website for specific course tuition.

Students are to purchase their own textbook. Click “Textbook List” for information.

Professional Development participants receive a certificate of completion from TEI for 45 hours of PD credit for face-to-face classes and 60 hours of PD credit for online classes.