Service-Learning is a pedagogical method used in credit-bearing courses that is designed with the dual mission of:
- Student attainment of discipline-specific knowledge through creatively-designed active learning community-based projects and
- Community benefit through the the thoughtful identification and completion of community-based service.
The methodology of Service-Learning requires:
- A clear link between academic objectives and service experience that is mutually beneficial to the goals of the course and community need.
- 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.
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.
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.