Learning embedded with the Carolinian Creed.
Service-learning is mutually rewarding for participants and participating organizations. Students enjoy a sense of community connection while living out the principles of the Carolina Creed in their day-to-day life. Service recipients benefit from professional insight and fresh thinking.
The hands-on tasks of service transform real-world concerns into avenues for educational
growth. The courses, which are an opportunity to test, observe or prove concepts and
skills, also can help students earn Graduation with Leadership Distinction (GLD).
Service-learning helps prepare students to be full, responsible participants in both their profession
and their communities.
The Effects of Service-Learning
Growing research shows that service-learning can have significant positive effects on many areas of students' lives, including:
- Academic performance
- Choice of a service career
- Plans to participate in service after college
- Increased degree of interest in subject matter
To support faculty to plan, teach, and assess learning in the context of service- learning, the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) offers the following services:
establishment of a community of practice that will serve as a venue for interested faculty members to exchange ideas, challenges, and best practices
support from CTE’s Instructional Design team that will support faculty to plan, develop, and improve service- learning components embedded in face-to-face, online, blended or flipped courses
offerings of professional development sessions that include workshops that will be designed to provide insight into the incorporation of service- learning components within new or existing courses
opportunities to present successes and insights related to service- learning at Oktoberbest symposia
The Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning is here to help you consider and plan ways to integrate experiential and service-learning opportunities into your courses. Want to get your students out of the classroom and into the community for hands-on learning experiences? CIEL offers logistical support for any providers who are interested in planning or expanding a service-learning or Beyond the Classroom engagement. This could include being connected with community partners, assistance with travel or liability waivers, memorandums of understanding, risk management and campus policy considerations, and more! Fill out this interest form to get started or reach out to our Experiential Learning Coordinator, Laszlo Folks, to establish a plan and timeline that works for you.
The Leadership and Service Center is here to help you connect with community partners in a meaningful way as part of your service-learning course. Search for local service opportunities through our Community Partner Map. You can filter results based on location and community partner focus areas. Reach out to us to imagine how to create mutually beneficial partnerships within our community as part of your course.