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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  • 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

The Service Learning Fellows Program is designed to recognize and reward faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in facilitating service learning in their courses while exposing students to service learning principles.  For more information on the program, please contact Jenny Randall at 896-5827 or

Completed proposals must be submitted to the Office for Community Involvement by Friday, May 29, 2015.

Get details and application information here.

Academic Service Learning

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