Support for Service Learning Courses
The Center for Leadership and Community Engagement supports faculty implementing service-learning and other forms of community based learning pedagogy in their courses.
- Assistance identifying local community organizations to establish new campus/community partnerships.
- Assistance with student registration for optional fourth-credit or independent study credits.
- Assistance for students enrolled in the course, including a course-specific page on our website with potential community partners for them to contact.
- Provide the forms and process the paperwork required to assure appropriate risk management and liability coverage (students can download a packet from our website).
- At your request, contact community partners mid-semester to identify any potential problems.
- Collect end of semester evaluations from community partners and students.
- Promotion of service-learning courses on website and social media.
- Consultation on course design and integration of learning reflection into course assignments.
- In-class presentations about community-based learning goals and responsibilities, how to find community organizations, and reflection practices.
- Faculty can receive the following reports:
- Beginning of semester spreadsheet of community organization placement for each student and site supervisor contact information.
- Mid-semester notification of any problems
- End of semester evaluations of the students by their site supervisors.
- End of semester evaluations of the service-learning placement by students.
The Center for Field Studies assists faculty with planning and logistics involved in incorporating off-site work in Mason classes. The center is an excellent resource for faculty using any kind of experiential learning that takes students beyond the campus, including Community-Based Learning.