Service Learning Introduction.07 Fixed By The Mog


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Service Learning Introduction.07 Fixed By The Mog

  1. 1. Introduction to Service Learning Nancy O’Regan NSCC June 27 th 2007
  2. 2. NSCC – Our Vision <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>… Strategic Planning documents June 28, 2006 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Agenda <ul><li>Introduction to Service Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing sessions by school </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trades and Technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health and Human Services </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Small group learning activity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop a service learning project </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wrap up </li></ul>
  4. 4. Service Learning & Portfolio <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>We use and understand the concept of servant leadership and service to our communities. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>We create learner pathways that support multiple ways in which learning can happen. </li></ul>
  5. 5. NSCC’s Commitment to Community <ul><li>“ 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… “ </li></ul><ul><li>Kevin Quinlan July 2003 CCEDP </li></ul>
  6. 6. Dimensions of Community Economic Social Political Cultural Environmental Spiritual Health
  7. 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. 8. What is Service Learning? <ul><li>Service learning combines academic studies with community volunteer service, enhancing student learning through a hands-on portfolio learning experience that meets a community need. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Benefits to Learners <ul><li>Obtain a “real world” learning experience </li></ul><ul><li>Learn new skills </li></ul><ul><li>Meet people in the community from different backgrounds </li></ul><ul><li>Explore career options </li></ul><ul><li>Make a difference in the community by sharing their skills and talents </li></ul><ul><li>Connect with the community </li></ul><ul><li>Helps student to achieve portfolio learning </li></ul>
  10. 10. Benefits to Learners <ul><ul><li>Develops critical thinking tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires intentional reflection components. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SL programs and courses assist students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>to make meaning from their community experiences </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>connect real-life experience to more theoretical classroom study </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>to develop as individuals, in relation to their values, their sense of social responsibility and their leadership skills. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Models of Best Practice – STFX University <ul><li>Service learning community support committee </li></ul><ul><li>In service learning, co-ordination is essential </li></ul><ul><li>Close to 20% of STFX students participate in a service learning activity </li></ul><ul><li>This year 64 community organizations, 988 students, averaging 20 hours of service each </li></ul><ul><li>…… .. STFX Service Learning Newsletter 2006 </li></ul>
  12. 12. Best Practices in Service Learning <ul><li>Evaluation model has been developed with input from local organizations, students and faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty support and development fund </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships that need “truthful, two-way communication, respect and joint involvement from the beginning” </li></ul><ul><li>Strait Campus – we had 23 projects this year in Human Services programs </li></ul>
  13. 13. What do Faculty need to develop a service learning project? <ul><li>Faculty design the course or project from curriculum document </li></ul><ul><li>Establishing learning goals </li></ul><ul><li>Plan for evaluation of learning (Rubric handout) </li></ul><ul><li>Implementing reflection techniques that draw meaning from the experience for the </li></ul><ul><ul><li>StudentsBlogs, sweat and volunteers (University of Manitoba) </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  14. 14. Faculty role cont’d… <ul><li>Link experiential learning to other more formal academic learning sources in the curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Guides students through the experiential component (problem based learning, debriefing sessions) </li></ul><ul><li>Foster a strong relationship with the community organization </li></ul><ul><li>Explores possibilities to involve staff from community organizations as co-educators. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Toolkit for Faculty <ul><li>Introduction to Service-Learning Toolkit: Readings and Resources for Faculty (Second Edition) </li></ul>
  16. 16. Characteristics of Successful Partnerships <ul><li>Communication and feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Trust and openness </li></ul><ul><li>Risk and benefit sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Problem solving </li></ul><ul><li>Planning and decision making </li></ul><ul><li>Tracking and evaluation </li></ul>
  17. 17. Partnership Development Basics <ul><li>Conflict and differences will exist in the development process. </li></ul><ul><li>Conflicts can arise for various reasons including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Values </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Processes and policies </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Finding the balance <ul><li>Effective community service-learning programs are based on partnerships that have reciprocal benefits for the community organizations and the students. </li></ul><ul><li>There should be a balance between the service being provided and the learning that is occurring. </li></ul><ul><li>Clear roles and specific responsibilities are one of the hallmarks of a successful SL experience for the partners involved. </li></ul>
  19. 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