Teaching Service Learning

Service Learning Designated Courses

Service Learning designated courses are taught by faculty who have completed the Key Center introductory workshop which offers information on best practices in the field including reciprocal relationship building with community partners, the integration of meaningful reflection activities and creating critical connections between the curriculum and engagement work. Attend one of our upcoming workshops to begin the process.

Why Designate?

  • Support UNC Asheville’s national standing as a civically engaged campus
  • Access to service learning professional development and best practices
  • Access to service learning course grants
  • Receive orientation & training resources for your students to prepare for community engagement
  • Provide increased opportunities for students to achieve the Community Engaged Scholar Designation
  • Extra insurance and liability coverage for off-campus activities

Achieving Service Learning Designation for Your Course

  • Step 1: Attend “Making Your Course Service Learning Designated” Workshop
  • Step 2: Submit Service Learning Course Planning Guide for Review
  • Step 3: Receive formal designation from Key Center Advisory Committee

Don’t forget:

  • Request a service learning orientation from one of our trained student leaders for your classroom (email keycenter@unca.edu to schedule)
  • Use the Community-based Learning Agreement to better assist your students’ understanding of expectations

Service-Learning Designated Course Criteria

  1. The course has, as a central feature, a required service-learning project that strongly relates to the academic content of the course (i.e., it is not an add-on or afterthought, but rather is integral to the course and its goals) and makes up at least 25% of the course grade.
  2. The project is designed as a joint, equal effort between the faculty member and community partner (or partners), with a clear goal that students’ involvement benefits the partner.
  3. The faculty member prepares students to undertake their service-learning.
  4. Students regularly reflect on the service-learning experience.
  5. The course requires a minimum of five hours of service to the community for each credit hour (e.g., a three-credit course would require a minimum of 15 hours of work in the community).
  6. The professor, students, and community partner complete a pre-, mid- and post evaluation provided by the Key Center.