Service-learning Webinars

You may be interested in these webinars. Contact Steve Jones (Steven.jones@gcsu.edu) for more information.

The Office of Academic Engagement in the Center for Engaged Learning, Teaching, and Scholarship invites you to participate in two upcoming webinars on best practices in service learning. These webinars are geared toward faculty who are already experienced in service learning as well as those who are interested in developing a service learning course, but may not know where to start.

Webinar 1:Seven Steps To Service Learning: A Practical Approach To Course Design

Thursday, October 3 ~ 1:00-2:30pm EDT
Location: LITC 302, Library Conference Room

There is no doubt that service learning enriches traditional classroom learning and at the same time instills an important sense of civic responsibility in students. Although faculty and administrators might understand the importance of service-learning programs, they might not know where to start or how to navigate tricky and time-consuming logistics inside and outside of the campus environment.

This webinar will provide participants with an understanding of the historical context and positive effects of service learning on students, the campus, and the surrounding community. Participants will also learn a proven, seven-step course development model that will take them through each critical phase of designing a successful service-learning course. While primarily designed for novices, this presentation will also benefit faculty and staff currently involved in service learning, as the presenter will reinforce guiding service-learning principles and provide new ideas for accomplishing goals.

Webinar 2: Service Learning Course Development: Developing Community Partnerships That Work

Wednesday, October 16 ~ 1:00-2:30pm EDT

Location: IDEAS Classroom, 3rd Floor of the LITC

There is no doubt that service learning enriches traditional classroom learning and at the same time instills an important sense of civic responsibility in students. Although faculty and administrators might understand the importance of service-learning programs, they might not know how best to collaborate with community partners to arrive at mutually agreeable and beneficial goals.

This webinar will help service-learning faculty to prepare for and design collaborative community partnerships. Participants will discover how to collaborate with community partners to arrive at mutually agreeable and beneficial goals, get continual feedback and create ongoing communication that will spot problems immediately and lead to an agreeable resolution, and understand appropriate roles, responsibilities, and expectations for everyone involved. Creating these community partnerships results in programs that will help students achieve desired learning outcomes while maximizing their service to the community.

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About Dr. J. Metzker

I believe in the power of a liberal education to transform individuals and society. I am currently the Executive Director of the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence. Formerly, I led a community engagement initiative and held a full professorship in chemistry at a public liberal arts university. I am a proud product of The Evergreen State College.
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