University of Delaware

Service Learning Course Resources

Is Service Learning for my class?

As a pedagogy that combines academic study, service, and a community partner, service-learning links students to the needs of the larger society. Directed-reflection connects what students learn in the classroom with their experience of real-world conditions.

Is Service-Learning for you? Start by asking yourself two questions:

  1. What do my students need to know when they finish the course?
  2. Can service with a community partner enhance this learning?

If the answer is yes, (or even if it is maybe) we can provide support and advisement. The Community Engagement Initiative maintains information on course models, using reflection, and funding resources.

Faculty interested in service-learning are welcome to discuss their ideas with the Associate Director of Service Learning, Susan Serra, who will work with you to consider appropriate community partners, serve as liaison with community agencies, provide information on funding resources, and help you think through how directed reflection can be integrated into your syllabus. In addition, faculty can find advice for designating their service-learing course as meeting the discovery learning experience requirement.