Definition

Service-Learning is a pedagogical method used in credit-bearing courses that is designed with the dual mission of:

  1. Student attainment of discipline specific knowledge through creatively designed active learning community based projects and
  2. Community benefit through the the thoughtful identification and completion of community-based service.

The methodology of Service-Learning requires:

  1. A clear link between academic objectives and service experience that is mutually beneficial to the goals of the course and community need.
  2. Student reflection as a means to gain a greater understanding of course content and a broader sense of civic responsibility.

The Leduc Center offers resources and support to faculty and student leaders implementing service-learning in their courses and programs. UMass Dartmouth offers service-learning classes, from introductory courses to capstones, that extend classroom learning into the community through meaningful, challenging service.

For Students

Undergraduate students are required to complete University Studies, a general education curriculum composed of five clusters. Service-learning courses satisfy the last component, The Educated and Engaged Citizen. The listing of service-learning courses offered is updated each semester.

For Faculty

Faculty members interested in service-learning can join the Service-Learning Faculty Fellows program to learn more about service-learning in a group setting.

The Leduc Center has also produced a series of modules to help faculty learn more about redesigning their current courses to incorporate service-learning as a pedagogy.