What is Service-Learning?

While many definitions of service-learning exist in different publications, an emphasis on active learning, reciprocity and reflection is common to all.

OLLU's Service-Learning Faculty Council defines service-learning as:
A pedagogy whereby students learn and develop through participation in thoughtfully organized service that is conducted in and meets the needs of the community. Service-Learning is integrated into and enhances the academic curriculum of the students through opportunities          
for critical reflection.

The CSLV works with faculty to design academically based service-learning components for existing classes and to develop new service-learning courses. It is our goal to build partnerships, which address community-identified needs while adding to the strength  and breadth of an OLLU education.


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Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Seminar                                                   

The one-week seminar provides training and support for faculty in designing and/or modifying courses to explore theology and vocation through a service-learning model.

Sessions consist of the following areas:
  History, charism and mission of the Congregation of Divine Providence
  Theoretical foundations of faith and justice and Catholic social thought
  Service-learning theory and research
  Service-learning and instruction
  University-community partnerships
  Critical reflection "Making Meaning of Service"
  Questions and answers
  Participant presentation (course outline, plans for reflection, evaluation and assessment)


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