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.
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 Fellows Program $1,500 GrantThe purpose of this grant is to recognize and reward faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in facilitating service learning in their courses while exposing students to service learning principles. Faculty members selected as Service Learning Fellows will be encouraged to commit to leadership roles in the field of Service Learning at MSU Billings.