Office of Service-Learning
What is a service-learning course?
A service-learning course combines teaching and community involvement within an academic setting. A service-learning course provides an opportunity for students, faculty members, and community partners to engage in organized service activities that address community-identified needs. The experience allows participants a chance to reflect on the service activity to gain a further understanding of curricular content, as well as enhance their sense of personal values and civic responsibility.
Who benefits from service-learning?
STUDENTS in service-learning classes can benefit academically, professionally, and personally:
- Gain hands-on experience and practical knowledge
- Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- Build an understanding of diverse cultures and communities
- Integrate curricular and co-curricular learning
- Engage in active learning that connects academic work to life experiences and career choices
FACULTY can benefit personally and professionally from integrating service-learning into courses. Teaching with service-learning can:
- Encourage interactive teaching methods and reciprocal learning between students and faculty
- Add new insights and dimensions to class discussions
- Enhance research and publications
- Promote students' active learning through engagement of multiple learning styles
COMMUNITY PARTNERS can benefit from participating in service-learning:
- Gain additional human resources needed to achieve organizational goals
- Inject new energy, enthusiasm, and perspectives into the organization's work
- Increase public awareness of key issues
Service-learning courses offered at BGSU:
Service-learning courses are available in almost every department at BGSU. Courses are offered as small seminars, large lectures, field experiences, co-ops, internships, distance learning, and study abroad.
Different service-learning courses are taught every semester!