Best Practices in Service Learning Workshop Series

This workshop series is for faculty and graduate students interested in exploring the nuts and bolts of designing and implementing service-learning enhanced coursework.  The series is offered each semester; see descriptions below. Most workshops are held at the Office of Service-Learning, 1242 1/2 S. Lumpkin St., in the rear PSO annex conference room.

Introduction to Designing Service-Learning Courses

Wednesday, Mar. 23, 9:00-noon -- on Zoom. Register here!

Critical Reflection Strategies for Service-Learning

Thursday, Mar. 31, 9:30-11:30 -- on Zoom. Register here!

Working Effectively with Community Partners

Tuesday, Apr. 19, 2:30-4:00 PM. Register here!

Information Session on the Graduate Portfolio in Community Engagement


Workshops are free and open to any interested faculty member or graduate student; pre-registration is requested.

Individual consultations or workshops for departments are also available; contact Dr. Paul Matthews with questions.

Note, if you are interested in these topics but cannot attend at the dates above, please contact Dr. Paul Matthews to set up an individual consultation!


Service-learning can be a powerful teaching and learning tool, providing opportunities for students to apply academic concepts to authentic community needs, issues, and problems. This workshop delivers an overview of service-learning pedagogy, benefits, and best practices for those interested in enhancing existing courses or creating a new service-learning course. Participants will be introduced to a service-learning course design model with hands-on activities and tools to go from initial concept to completed course design, and will learn of the university resources available to support community engagement.

Critical Reflection is an essential component of service-learning course design and the link between service activities students engage in and their academic learning. In this workshop, participants will learn about the fundamentals and best practices of reflection theory and put this into practice through hands-on activities that explore written, verbal, group, and visual reflection activities.

Developing sustainable and mutually beneficial community partnerships for service-learning is critical for creating positive experiences for both students and partners. This workshop will explore principles and best practices for creating and assessing healthy partnerships, provide tips for preparing students to work in the community, and outline important risk management issues.