Virtual Service-Learning

During this pandemic, many of our service-learning community partners had to suspend face-to-face operations (and many more were forced to suspend operations altogether for the safety and well-being of those they serve). However, community needs have not disappeared -- indeed, many needs are all the more pressing.

The high-impact practice and pedagogy of service-learning creates an opportunity during a crisis to continue to sustain university-community connections, while virtual, serve community needs and make teaching and learning opportunities for faculty and students as we all work together through these challenging times.

Access faculty virtual service-learning supports

Service-Learning as a Pedagogy

Do you want students to experience working on interesting, real-world problems? Or perhaps have opportunities to apply their disciplinary knowledge in new situations where they can contribute to the community in a socially responsible manner. If so, then consider the high-impact practice of service-learning - a pedagogy that allows faculty to link course content to service experiences centered on a community need or issue to meet the learning objectives.

To see what constitutes service-learning, see the CI Service-Learning Policy.

For more information about the differences between service-learning, internships, and community service, please view Is It Community Service, an Internship or Service Learning? (PDF, 205KB )

Faculty Consultations

The CCE staff is available to discuss community partners, service-learning curriculum and projects, and service-learning resources. Schedule a consultation.

University Approved Community Partners

Finding the right partner for your service-learning class is an essential part of making the course successful for students. The CSUCI SERVES database contains information for over 85 university approved organizations (have signed MOUs with CSUCI) in the Ventura and Santa Barbara areas that are interested in partnership with service-learning courses. These organizations have gone through a community partner orientation and are familiar with the concept of service-learning and their role as a co-educator.

Faculty and students participating with these organizations will be covered by the CSU’s Student Academic Field Experience for Credit Liability Insurance Program (SAFECLIP) or Student Professional Liability Insurance Program (SPLIP). If there is a claim or lawsuit in connection with service learning, SAFECLIP and SPLIP provide indemnity, including legal defense costs for students, faculty, campus and community partners.

For a list of university approved community partners visit the CSUCI SERVES database.

We are always looking to ad new partners! If you would like to work with an organization not listed in the database, please ask the organization to complete a Request to initiate a Service-Learning Partnership form to begin the university's MOU process.

Faculty Guidebook

The Faculty Guidebook (PDF, 895KB) is designed to be a reference tool for faculty involved in service-learning. This guidebook will provide you with necessary resources for your service-learning course(s).

Including Service-Learning In Your Syllabus

Would you like your students to recognize the knowledge and skills they will learn and discover the value of your SL course, while also experiencing a welcoming and inviting connection to you and the content? What if you could do all these things before your students ever set foot in the classroom? Watch Creating a Syllabus for Service Learning that Students will Love to Take and Faculty will Love to Teach facilitated by Dr. Whitney Scott and Dr. Svetlana Tyutina, CSU Northridge.

The following two links from the Journal of Effective Teaching and Learn and Serve present elements of best practices that you may want to want to include when integrating service-learning in your course syllabus.

Guide for Community Partnership Meetings

The Guiding Questions for Service-Learning Partnership Meetings (PDF, 91KB) are meant to be a guide to discuss the objectives and details of a service-learning project and establish partnership and project expectations between a faculty member and community partner organization(s).

Classroom Orientations

The CCE staff will conduct orientations during class or at other pre-arranged times to introduce students to service-learning concepts, methods and purpose. Request a classroom orientation.

Parking Permits

If you are inviting community partners to present in-class orientations and need parking permits, CCE staff will request parking permits and have them waiting at Placer Hall on the date requested. Parking permits must be requested 48 hours in advance.Request a parking permit.

Service-Learning Course Support Funds

Faculty teaching a service-learning course are eligible to apply for funds up to $500 to support high-impact service-learning practices and projects by covering essential associated costs.

When requesting these purchasing funds please keep the following in mind:

  • Include full item description, quantity, current price, all vendor information and delivery location with your request.
  • Do not purchase supplies with you own funds.
  • Purchasing can take up to four weeks, so please submit your requests early.
  • Funds typically can not be used to purchase food.
  • There are other restrictions on purchasing, when in doubt please contact the CCE.
    Apply for service-learning course funding.

Conference Registration Funds

The CCE will cover conference registration for faculty to attend or present at a service-learning conference. These funds are offered on a first-come-first served basis. Apply for conference funding. List of Conferences

The Art of Reflection

Reflection is integral to service-learning because it connects and reinforces in-class work, course readings, and service experiences. It provides an opportunity for students to think critically about service experiences, examine and challenge personal values, beliefs, and opinions, while allowing students to ask questions, share ideas and experiences, challenge current solutions to community issues and develop plans to address community needs.

Additional reflection resources:

Service-Learning Sylabii Resources

The following are links that provide examples of service-learning syllabi across a wide variety of disciplines.

Service-Learning Publishing Outlets

The following peer-reviewed journals publish community-engaged research, including research related to civic engagement and service-learning in higher education. The Campus Compact Knowledge Hub includes journal articles on the best practices for publishing this kind of scholarship, highlights national organizations that host special sessions on publishing service-learning and/or community engaged scholarship.

**This journal is dedicated to providing undergraduate students a venue to discuss their service-learning projects and experiences.

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