Each year, the VCU Service-Learning Office offers a series of workshops that provide instructors with opportunities 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 panel presentations are incorporated into the agenda, and a toolkit of resources is provided to all participants.
Workshops are also available for teams of VCU service-learning faculty and their community partners. The workshops provide partnership teams with the tools and resources to identify the top priorities for strengthening their partnerships. Teams will collaboratively identify and address the priority goals for their partnerships, working together to develop sustainable action plans and roadmaps for future dialogue and collaborative planning.
Until further notice, all Spring 2020 service-learning workshops will be held as online workshops, using Zoom.
Service-Learning Partnership Development Virtual Workshops
Friday, March 20, 9 to 11 a.m. OR
Monday, March 23, 12 to 2 p.m.
The virtual Partnership Development workshops are offered for service-learning teams of VCU service-learning faculty and their community partners and will provide partnership teams with the tools and resources to identify the top priorities for strengthening their partnerships. Given the many challenges service-learning faculty and community partners face as they navigate the uncertain waters of COVID-19, these workshops aim to help service-learning teams collaborate, brainstorm, plan, and evaluate based on their shared objectives and outcomes--which may be critical during this time of change and adaptation. Community and faculty partners must attend these workshops as a team.
Two online sessions will be offered: Friday, March 20, 9 to 11 a.m. OR Monday, March 23, 12 to 2 p.m. Teams need only attend one of the sessions. To attend, register online and select the date and time that works best for you and your partner; please complete only one registration per team. We strongly encourage you to register by Thursday, March 19 if possible.
For more information, contact Amanda Hall, assistant director of service-learning and community-engaged research, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Critical Reflection in Times of Crisis (and Quarantine) Virtual Workshop
Wednesday, March 25, 4 to 6 p.m.
This interactive Critical Reflection workshop will help faculty consider strategies for incorporating critical reflection as they adapt their community-engaged and service-oriented coures to online instruction. The session will highlight critical reflection prompts related to COVID-19 from a variety of perspectives. It will consider group and individual research ideas and offer easily adaptable activities that highlight some foundational themes of community-engaged learning: empathy, equity, civic competencies, identity, connections to content, and so on. Participants will also have time to break into small groups to brainstorm additional ideas and content-specific insight.
Please register by Tuesday, March 24 if possible. For more information, contact Amanda Hall, assistant director of service-learning and community-engaged research, at email@example.com.
"Implementing Critical Reflection in the Classroom and Beyond"
Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 from 9 a.m. to noon
This hands-on interactive workshop is designed to help faculty and staff members create and facilitate students' critical reflection in both traditional/curricular and non-traditional/co-curricular learning environments.