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A slideshow presented to the participants of the Learning Centred Community College CCEDP course.

A slideshow presented to the participants of the Learning Centred Community College CCEDP course.



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  • 1. Introduction to Service Learning Nancy O’Regan NSCC June 27 th 2007
  • 2. NSCC – Our Vision
    • NSCC learners will blend learning, community service , and work in ways that put them at the innovative edge of the global economy, where the world places a premium on knowledge, imagination, and skill.  In essence, education without boundaries.
    • … Strategic Planning documents June 28, 2006
  • 3. Agenda
    • Introduction to Service Learning
    • Sharing sessions by school
      • Trades and Technology
      • Business
      • Health and Human Services
    • Small group learning activity
      • Develop a service learning project
    • Wrap up
  • 4. Service Learning & Portfolio
    • We understand that to develop the workers of tomorrow we as educators must be on the cutting edge of learning -individually and as an organization.
    • We use and understand the concept of servant leadership and service to our communities.
    • We use portfolio as a graduation requirement for our students so that they are able to articulate what they have learned and why that learning is relevant to employers.
    • We create learner pathways that support multiple ways in which learning can happen.
  • 5. NSCC’s Commitment to Community
    • “ A community college should be a center of community life, focus on the needs of all age groups, provide education leadership and college capability to local business, industry and community… “
    • Kevin Quinlan July 2003 CCEDP
  • 6. Dimensions of Community Economic Social Political Cultural Environmental Spiritual Health
  • 7. If community service is integral to the mandate of NSCC as a contemporary community college … . where do we begin? … .what skills do we have? … .what skills do we need? So…
  • 8. What is Service Learning?
    • Service learning combines academic studies with community volunteer service, enhancing student learning through a hands-on portfolio learning experience that meets a community need.
  • 9. Benefits to Learners
    • Obtain a “real world” learning experience
    • Learn new skills
    • Meet people in the community from different backgrounds
    • Explore career options
    • Make a difference in the community by sharing their skills and talents
    • Connect with the community
    • Helps student to achieve portfolio learning
  • 10. Benefits to Learners
      • Develops critical thinking tools
      • Requires intentional reflection components.
      • SL programs and courses assist students
        • to make meaning from their community experiences
        • connect real-life experience to more theoretical classroom study
        • to develop as individuals, in relation to their values, their sense of social responsibility and their leadership skills.
  • 11. Models of Best Practice – STFX University
    • Service learning community support committee
    • In service learning, co-ordination is essential
    • Close to 20% of STFX students participate in a service learning activity
    • This year 64 community organizations, 988 students, averaging 20 hours of service each
    • …… .. STFX Service Learning Newsletter 2006
  • 12. Best Practices in Service Learning
    • Evaluation model has been developed with input from local organizations, students and faculty
    • Faculty support and development fund
    • Partnerships that need “truthful, two-way communication, respect and joint involvement from the beginning”
    • Strait Campus – we had 23 projects this year in Human Services programs
  • 13. What do Faculty need to develop a service learning project?
    • Faculty design the course or project from curriculum document
    • Establishing learning goals
    • Plan for evaluation of learning (Rubric handout)
    • Implementing reflection techniques that draw meaning from the experience for the
      • StudentsBlogs, sweat and volunteers (University of Manitoba)
  • 14. Faculty role cont’d…
    • Link experiential learning to other more formal academic learning sources in the curriculum
    • Guides students through the experiential component (problem based learning, debriefing sessions)
    • Foster a strong relationship with the community organization
    • Explores possibilities to involve staff from community organizations as co-educators.
  • 15. Toolkit for Faculty
    • Introduction to Service-Learning Toolkit: Readings and Resources for Faculty (Second Edition)
  • 16. Characteristics of Successful Partnerships
    • Communication and feedback
    • Trust and openness
    • Risk and benefit sharing
    • Problem solving
    • Planning and decision making
    • Tracking and evaluation
  • 17. Partnership Development Basics
    • Conflict and differences will exist in the development process.
    • Conflicts can arise for various reasons including:
      • Values
      • Goals
      • Processes and policies
  • 18. Finding the balance
    • Effective community service-learning programs are based on partnerships that have reciprocal benefits for the community organizations and the students.
    • There should be a balance between the service being provided and the learning that is occurring.
    • Clear roles and specific responsibilities are one of the hallmarks of a successful SL experience for the partners involved.
  • 19. NSCC is positioned to deal with “the messy dirty, problems of the day…by delivering high quality programs, by meeting the needs of our society. “ Fine words butter no parsnips” Ray Ivany, CCEDP 2003