Office for Community Involvement

Service Learning

Service Learning is an educational experience and a teaching method that focuses on learning through community projects.  Projects enable students to apply academic knowledge and critical thinking skills to benefit the community while students gain a deeper understanding of course content and the importance of civic engagement.

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Criteria:

  • Projects must be strongly connect to course objectives.

  • Project is required of all students and is clearly outlined in the syllabus.

  • Project benefits the community.

  • Project is academically rigorous.

  • Formal reflection is deliberate.

  • Formal Assessment – grade is based on learning, not service.

  • A goal is to promote civic engagement

Service Learning…..How does it Connect?

Service Learning enhances MSU Billings’ Core Purpose, Mission and Core Values by:

  • Providing exceptional and excellent teaching
  • Engaging civic responsibility
  • Promoting intellectual, cultural, social and economic community enhancement
  • Translating knowledge into practice
  • Accepting leadership for intellectual, cultural, social and economic development beyond University boundaries

Service Learning Fellow 2014-2015

We are pleased to announce that the Service Learning Fellow for the 2014-2105 academic year is Dr. David Snow.  Dr. Snow is an Assistant Professor in Mathematics Education and Educational Theory and Practice.  Dr. Snow’s Elementary Math Methods students are on site at Highland Elementary School six times throughout the semester to present small group lessons to the elementary students.  Dr. Snow’s students have the opportunity to test the lesson plans they have created while providing small group math instruction to the elementary students.  Dr. Snow’s student also have the opportunity to reflect with the Highland Elementary teachers as well as Dr. Snow on the lessons.  The Math Methods students also create and put on Math Nights for three local elementary schools.  These Math Nights are similar to a school carnival, but all of the games include practicing math skills.  Dr. Snow will be utilizing his $1,500 Service Learning Fellows grant to travel to Atlanta to present at a conference.  Congratulations, Dr. Snow!

Academic Service Learning


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