How does Service Learning work at San Juan College?
San Juan College encourages Service Learning, but it is up to the instructor to add a Service Learning component to the class. The instructor can choose to offer Service Learning as a mandatory assignment for all the students, for honor students only, or as an opportunity to get extra credit for the class. The course syllabus should inform the students about the requirements for Service Learning.
There are different ways to organize the Service Learning part of your course.
a. You can decide to take on one project with the whole class
b. You can have your class work in small teams.
c. You can give individual students the responsibility to find their own host site.
Please contact Mip van Suchtelen, if you would like to discuss the pro's and con's of each option.
The seven steps for Face-to-face classes is as follows:
- Classroom Presentation. At the beginning of the semester, the Service Learning coordinator can be invited to give a presentation on the ‘ins-and-outs’ of Service Learning, and discuss relevant activities and host sites.
- Registration form. During this presentation the coordinator will ask the students to fill out the registration form/waiver, this form needs to be signed before the student can start with the Service.
- Service Learning agreement. After the presentation the student can contact the host site of his/her choice, write a learning plan, and make arrangements for the start of the Service Learning period.
- Connection. During the Service Learning practice, the instructor will invite the student to reflect on the activities and connect with the theory that is offered in the class.
- Reflection and evaluation. At the end of the Service Learning period, the student may have to write a reflection report, present the learning results to the classmates, and fill out the evaluation forms in the packet.
- Collection. The instructor collects all the completed Service Learning packets and hands them to the Service Learning coordinator.
- Co-curricular transcript. The coordinator files everything, can give out 'Service Learning certificates' if requested by the instructor, and will see to it that the student can add the Service Learning experience to the co-curricular transcript.
The procedure for Online classes can be:
- At the beginning of the semester, the student will find information on the Service Learning assignment in the course syllabus.
- The instructor will also provide the student with information about required hours, discuss how to find a suitable and relevant host site in your own region, and which forms you will need to download from this website.
- The student will always have to fill out and sign the registration form/waiver, and send it to the instructor, before the start of the Service Learning.
- When the student has found a host site, and it has been approved by the instructor, the student can contact the host site, write a learning plan, and make arrangements for the start of the Service Learning period.
- During the Service Learning practice, the instructor will invite the student to reflect on the activities and connect them with the theory that is offered in the class.
- At the end of the Service Learning period, the student may be asked to write to a reflection report, and/or present the learning results to the classmates.
- The instructor sends a list of all the students who have completed their Service Learning, including the names of the host sites, to the Service Learning coordinator.
- The coordinator files everything, can give out 'Service Learning certificates' if requested by the instructor, and will see to it that the student can add the Service learning experience to the co-curricular transcript.
SErvice Learning and the CSLO's
Service Learning provides an important way to increase Cultural and Civic Engagement, one of our Common Student Learning Outcomes (CSLO's). The Assessment Committee (chair: Andrea Cooper) has developed a list of questions for Service Learning Reflection papers. These questions help your students to reflect on their Service Learning experience in connection to the CSLO's. You will find the questions in the link below.
/Documents/VolunteerCenter/Service Learning Reflection Paper Template CSLO's.docx
Service Learning Liaison Team
The Service Learning Liaison Team was established in the Spring of 2012, and consists of faculty representatives from each academic school, professional staff, and host sites. Starting in August 2012, the Liaison Team will also have two students on board.
The purpose of the Liaison Team is to coordinate a group of individual representatives of each school and/or department and community host sites to promote Service Learning.
The members of the team all have experience with Service Learning in their own classes, and are dedicated to the further integration of Service Learning into the curriculum of San Juan College.
Current members are:
School of Health Sciences: Beth Carter
School of Business: Murdoch Maloney
School of Humanities: Terry Swan and Danielle Sullivan (also Distinguished Teaching Chair for Service Learning)
School of Trades and Tech: vacancy
School of Math: Jody Laughlin
School of Science: Don Hyder/Kevin Lombard
School of Energy: Tom Munson
Professional Staff: Karen Acree (CTX), Lucy Haber (Volunteer Center), Mip van Suchtelen (Service Learning Coordinator)
Host Sites: Sabrina Hood (Aztec Library), Jonna Sharpe (P.A.T.H), Chris Pash (Farmington High Schools)
Students: Val Toledo
volunteer Center Advisory Council
Collaboration with the local community is very important for the Service Learning office. Therefor the Service Learning Coordinator participates in the Volunteer Center Advisory Council, which consists of representatives of the host sites. The Advisory Council brings in ideas for new projects, and serves as a sounding board for the coordinator. The Council meets every month.
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