Service-Learning Workshops

Each year, the VCU Service-Learning Workshop provides service-learning instructors with the opportunity to improve their knowledge and skill in teaching high-quality service-learning courses.

The workshop topics change each year, and the format consists of both didactic and interactive sessions. Expert guest speakers and/or panel presentations are incorporated into the agenda, and a 'toolkit' of resources is provided to all participants.

2017 Workshop Details

The Art and Science of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in Service-Learning
March 17, 2017; 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
VCU Academic Learning Commons (ALC), Room 4100

Service-learning instructors often face questions such as: How do I know what students learned? How do I determine if a particular service activity, discussion, reflection, lecture, etc. helped students learn more deeply? How and with whom might I share my experiences? To what extent do I take an intuitive approach to teaching and learning versus a more scholarly approach?

Join Enoch Hale, director for the VCU Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, and Lynn Pelco, associate vice provost for community engagement, as they explore these central points of inquiry that inform what scholarly service-learning teaching is and can do. The workshop will focus on the distinction between scholarly teaching and SoTL and offer guidance for faculty members interested in exploring SoTL. Participants will leave the workshop with a framework for beginning to conceptualize and organize a SoTL project.

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Developing Service-Learning Classes: A Boot Camp and Brainspace Workshop
April 7, 2017; 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
VCU Academic Learning Commons (ALC), Room 4100

This guided work session and brainspace is aimed at faculty members designing new service-learning courses. Participants will receive should-to-shoulder course design assistance from service-learning experts and learn about the funding and support available to service-learning faculty. Facilitators can help identify community partners, create innovative reflection assignments and problem-solve class logistics. By the end of the workshop, participants will have developed individualized action plans and timelines for developing and designating their service-learning course.

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