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
We are pleased to announce our Service Learning Fellows for 2013-2014!
Dr. Sarah Keller; Communications and Theater
Dr. Keller’s grant will go toward her project on suicide prevention, Let’s Talk Billings. This project has been developed to help prevent suicide and raise awareness about suicide prevention resources in Billings, particularly among teens.
Dr. Tom Rust; History and Mr. Tim Urbaniak; Drafting and DesignDr. Rust is a faculty member in History, and Mr. Urbaniak is a faculty member in Drafting and Design. Their grant will provide a startup for digital documentation of the town of Bannack, MT. The service learning will be a layered approach with Mr. Urbaniak facilitating the technological aspects of the project through Drafting and Design capstone classes, and Dr. Rust engaging students from the spring semester Archaeology in the Americas.