Welcome everyone. My name is John Hamerlinck. I am associate director at Minnesota Campus Compact. It is a pleasure and an honor to have you all with us today for this exploration of the issues related to integrating service-learning into online education.I’m not sure which one of these guys represents S-L and which one is online courses
Obviously folks who might have thought that online courses were a fad or a marginalized continuing education phenomenon were wrong.What we have not seen during this tremendous growth period Is a co-evolution with civically engaged teaching and learning.That would suggest that there are some real opportunities.
Just as a bit of context, unless otherwise noted- when we refer to online courses we are talking about courses delivered completely online with students distributed anywhere.So-called hybrid courses offer many opportunities as well, some of those will be touched on in our technology-focused webinar on Friday.Many of the real or perceived challenges that people have noted in conversations I’ve had have been related to the lack of one community or community partner – or the ability to do deeper work – service beyond short-term volunteering.
It is now my pleasure to introduce Jean Strait. Editor of “The Future of Service-Learning” with Marybeth LimaAuthor of one of the first articles ever on the practice of e-serviceJean . . .(Switch to Jean’s desktop)
Thanks Jean, lots of interesting things to think aboutDon’t forget – if you have a comment or idea be sure to submit it via the chat feature
Service and online learning – piece of cake right? Or(next) We know this isn’t easy (what is?), but we do know some important things . . .
We know (or have a good idea) what constitutes good practice in online educationCal State, Chico ROIBaseline, Effective, and Exemplary indicators for all six categories
We know what constitutes good practice in service-learningHow are the components of good service-learning addressed in online learning?(next) REFLECTION is key to all of these. Online courses, due to the increased communication between student and faculty, have more opportunities to communicate and articulate learning, meaning, opinions . . .Prep – what type of experience are you preparing students for? Episodic volunteering?, CBR? Team projects? Can we use role playing gaming to prepare students?Meaningful - Can we get beyond small “s” serving?Evaluation – increased faculty/student and student/student communication should be used as formative evaluation as well as summative evaluation
Nadienne CruzYou should decide what you’re aiming for and
In March 1987, the AAHE Bulletin first published “Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education.”Dr. Diane Finley, Department of PsychologyPrince George’s Community College has identified how the principles are addressed in online learning. (NorthWest Teaching of Psychology Conference)1 Online courses promote interaction through easier access, discussions, space for interaction to occur (shouldn’t online S-L include the community partner to participate on the same platforms as students and faculty?)2 Online courses facilitate student to student contact 3 Online courses are tailored for active learning4 The online environment enables the instructor to give almost immediate feedback. 5 Online courses makes it easier for the instructor to track student time on task 6 Online courses make it easier for an instructor to highlight good work, thus giving other students examples of work that meets expectations. 7 A variety of technologies are making it easier to customize content to appeal to many learning styles (how can we also incorporate diverse ways of serving?)
That’s where the light is shining story
Let’s shine the light on potential opportunities
Proposed:Center for Digital Civic EngagementWho would like to be part of an ongoing conversation ?Who is willing to share knowledge, tools and resources?
Service-Learning in Online Courses: Exploring Opportunities<br />Friday, February 9, 2010<br />John Hamerlinck<br />Minnesota Campus Compact<br />Image: http://www.explodingdog.com/<br />
Learning on Demand: Online Education in the United States, 2009<br />I. Elaine Allen, Ph.D. & Jeff Seaman, Ph.D.<br />http://www.sloanconsortium.org/publications/survey/pdf/learningondemand.pdf<br />
Preparation to learn<br />while serving <br />Reflection through structured opportunities<br />created to think, talk, and write <br />about the service experience<br />Meaningful contributions<br />to the community<br />Evaluation/Assessment<br />with constructive feedback<br />providing information on <br />community and student outcomes<br />
National Service-Learning Clearinghouse www.servicelearning.org<br />Community Service vs. Service-Learning<br />
focus on experiential learning through programs like internships and capstones<br />Collaborative, multiple experiences with same community partner, interdisciplinary<br />S-L<br />s-L<br />LEARNING<br />s-l<br />S-l<br />SERVICE<br />Lots of projects – more like community service<br />Maybe deeper commitment (more hrs.?) Maybe co-curricular, but not necessarily a deeper curricular context<br />
Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education<br />encourages contact between students and faculty,<br />develops reciprocity and cooperation among students,<br />encourages active learning,<br />gives prompt feedback,<br />emphasizes time on task,<br />communicates high expectations, and<br />respects diverse talents and ways of learning.<br />What aspects of online learning and of service-learning address these principles?<br />American Association for Higher Education & Accreditation (Formerly AAHE) http://www.aahea.org<br />
Learning from/with students from everywhere</li></ul>Serve rural/remote communities<br />Communities without colleges<br />Partner with a small town or towns for a common frame of reference<br />Opportunities<br />Partner with a national or international organization on coordinated or long-term projects (Red Cross, United Way, . . . )<br />
Group projects rather than individual student service<br />Creating a collaborative product<br />Community Based Research<br />No more fictional case studies<br />Try starting here to orient students to community-focused learning<br />97% of community colleges deliver online courses<br />2 + 2, collaborative service projects with 4-yr. institutions<br />Opportunities<br />
PROPOSED:<br />A resource for sharing information on the study and practice of:<br />the innovative use of emerging technologies to support civic engagement in higher education<br />service-learning in online teaching<br />Opportunities<br /><ul><li> Online peer reviewed journal