"Service-learning is the various pedagogies that link community service and academic study so that each strengthens the other. The basic theory of service-learning is Dewey's: The interaction of knowledge and skills with experience is key to learning. Students learn best not by reading the Great Books in a closed room but by opening the doors and windows of experience. Learning starts with a problem and continues with the application of increasingly complex ideas and increasingly sophisticated skills to increasingly complicated problems."
- Thomas Ehrlich, from "Barbara Jacoby and Associates. Service-Learning in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices." San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass 1996.
Videos of Service-Learning Projects
Watch this video showcasing two service-learning projects implemented in Teach for America Corps members' schools. The projects were a part of the SEC 592 seminar taught at NLU.
Introducing the NLU Civic Engagement Team
Contact the following Civic Engagement Team members (faculty & staff) for help with service-learning inclusion in your courses, questions regarding service-learning pedagogy, and if you are interested in becoming a team member to advance service-learning involvement throughout NLU.
Service-Learning Faculty Manual
Need an introduction to service-learning? Having trouble defining a service-learning project for your class? The Civic Engagement team has compiled this Service-Learning Faculty Manual to guide professors of any curriculum to utilize service-learning in their courses:
- Chapter 1 Understanding Service-Learning: History, Pedagogy, Philosophy
- Chapter 2 Service-Learning at National Louis University
- Chapter 3 Planning, Developing and Implementing Service-Learning Projects
- Chapter 4 Service-Learning and Diversity Issues
- Chapter 5 Service-Learning Activities at NLU and beyond
Service-Learning Civic Engagement Consortium (SLCEC)
The Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Consortium (SLCEC) brings universities together with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to promote and advocate for service-learning and civic engagement practices. SLCEC provides faculty professional develoment (PD's), generate civic learning opportunities with CPS schools, publishes an online student journal for civic engagement (SPACE - Student Perspectives About Civic Engagement), and advocates for policies that support and strengthen civic engagement practices. Photos displayed on website were taken by Kristine Becker-Kristufek, Civic Engagement Center Coordinator & AmeriCorps VISTA for ILCC at NLU's CEC.
SLCEC works to:
- Encourage universities to generate increased opportunities for their students to learn through civic engagement;
- Strengthen efforts by universities to prepare pre-service teachers to learn, experience, and use service-learning and civic engagement pedagogies as they enter CPS classrooms;
- Encourage increased collaboration between universities and K-12 public schools in service-learning and civic engagement pedagogies and practices.
For more information, check out their webpage: www.slcecchicago.weebly.com.
(SLCEC*) Presents Faculty Professional Learning Session Series for 2016-17
Check out the highlights from SLCEC Faculty PD Learning Sessions 2015/2016.
Illinois Campus Compact (ILCC)
NLU is a member of Illinois Campus Compact, which is a coalition of 40 Illinois colleges and universities under the Campus Compact umbrella. ILCC supports not only the civic development of students, but the campus as an active and engaged member of its community. Campus Compact is a national organization with representation in 32 states that supports service-learning in higher education. Visit their website at www.compact.org. The Civic Engagement Team frequently hosts workshops and other events as a resource for NLU faculty members. See events page for a list of upcoming events.
Service-Learning Resources for Faculty
- If you are already utilizing service-learning and want to let us know, or to find out ways you can utilize service learning in your classroom, please fill out the form found here and we will contact you.
- List of syllabi with service-learning inclusion by discipline from Campus Compact
- Campus Compact Toolkit: This Toolkit has four purposes: (1) To add clarity to the meaning and conceptualization of community-engaged scholarship in a research university context; (2) To provide a rationale for why to do it and resources on how to do it well; (3) To provide tools and assistance for faculty at research universities to document engaged scholarship for reward and promotion (i.e., how to get credit for it); and (4) To provide tools and assistance for enabling the assessment of engaged scholarship (i.e., for faculty reward and promotion).
Chicagoland Community Partnerships: A listing of community-based organizations arranged by interest/subject category.
http://digitalcommons.nl.edu/space/: Student Perspectives About Civic Engagement (SPACE), an online student journal that promotes student service-learning and civic engagement experiences in metropolitan Chicago. SPACE invites instructors to nominate exemplary student papers for this journal. Our goal is to publish scholarly and reflective writing that enlightens service-learning and civic engagement practitioners and scholars about student experiences that extend beyond the classroom and into communities.
Prairie State Service-Learning Leader schools in the Chicago area are leading the way in civic engagement at primary and secondary schools. It is with the help of these schools that we foster civic engagement for the future generation.
Service-Learning LibGuide - A listing of Service-learning books and other resources are now available for faculty use. These resources are housed in the five Chicago-area campus libraries. NLU faculty may check them out as two-week reserve items.
Research, Assessment, and Evaluation
- Assessment, Evaluation, and Performance Measurement: Selected Resources: A bibliography of selected resources on how to assess service-learning programs and impact provided by the NSLC
- National Service Research and Policy: Assorted reports compiled by the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) on impact and methods of various nationally mobilized service programs
- IssueLab: An archive of open license research on social issues catering to non-profit organizations