Integrating Service Learning and Opportunities for Civic Engagement into Courses

Presented by: Richard Kinsley, Executive Director of Ohio Campus Compact
Presented at: 6th International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education
Date of Session: June 13, 2013

Session Description: This workshop is designed for persons interested in developing and/or enhancing service-learning experiences in a campus setting. Service-Learning is 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. This interactive workshop will draw upon theory but provide participants with real tools and resources to enhance service-learning practice. Topics include: (1) Defining service-learning and exploring common misconceptions; (2) Highlighting the impact of service-learning experiences on campus and in the community; (3) Linking theory to practice through a deeper understanding of service-learning models including the P.A.R.E. model and different models of reflection; (4) Understanding campus examples and “best practices”; (5) Working with community partners for and finding projects to meet both learning objectives and needs of the community; (6) Leveraging existing campus resources to build service-learning experiences; (7) Utilizing technology and social media to enhance practice; and (8) Finding real dollars for creating, enhancing, and sustaining service-learning initiatives.