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.

Introduction to Designing Service-Learning Courses

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, 9:30-noon, LOCATION CHANGED TO JW FANNING INSTITUTE BOARD ROOM. RSVP for this workshop

Critical Reflection Strategies for Service-Learning

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2:30-5:00, Office of Service-Learning. RSVP for this workshop

Working Effectively with Community Partners

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 9:00-11:00 AM. Office of Service-Learning. RSVP for this workshop

All are held at the Office of Service-Learning, 1242 1/2 S. Lumpkin St., in the rear PSO annex conference room.

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

 Register for any Fall 2018 workshop


Fall 2018 Community Engagement Forum            No RSVP required- but mark your calendars and join us!

The Community Engagement Forums provide an opportunity for faculty, staff, community partners, and students to meet to share ideas, build relationships, and explore topics related to effective campus-community collaborations, including service-learning courses. The Community Engagement Forum will have the following framing topics this semester:

September: Building community: Networking and updates from attendees on their service-learning/community engagement activities and opportunities

Date/Time: Tuesday Sept. 11, 3:30-4:45    Location: Tate Student Center Rm 137

October: How can we better communicate and link UGA course or capstone projects with community partners?

Date/Time: Wed. Oct. 10, 11:00-12:15    Location: Tate Student Center Rm 137

November: Envision Athens action items and how they might relate to service-learning/community engagement (with Erin Barger)

Date/Time: Tues. Nov. 13, 12:30-1:45    Location: Tate Student Center Rm 137

December: Community Engagement Happy Hour: Informal interactions between faculty and community partners to build relationships and share ideas

Date/Time:  Tues. Nov. 27, 4:30-6:30    Location: TBD (possibly Little Kings, downtown)

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.